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First Baby in the US Born With COVID-19 Antibodies

March 25, 2021

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First Baby in USA Born With Covid Antibodies
A recent article by CBS News titled "First Baby in US Born With Antibodies Against COVID-19 After Mom Receives Dose of Moderna Vaccine While Pregnant" reveals the first reported case in the United States of a newborn with COVID-19 antibodies. The mother, a South Florida health care worker, received her first shot of the Moderna vaccine while 36 weeks pregnant. Boca Raton pediatricians Dr. Paul Gilbert and Dr. Chad Rudnick found the antibodies were detected at the time of delivery and after analyzing blood from the baby's umbilical cord.

SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies were detected in the umbilical cord after only a single dose of the Moderna vaccine. Both doctors say there is a potential for protection and infection risk reduction, but more research needs to be done to verify the coronavirus vaccines' safety and efficacy during pregnancy. Since the transfer of antibodies from mother to baby through the placenta is well documented in other vaccines, including influenza, doctors were optimistic about the possibility of the same newborn protection after maternal vaccination against COVID-19.

A study out of Israel shows all 20 women were detected to have antibodies during their third trimesters and in their newborns after receiving both Pfizer vaccine doses. Pfizer announced last month that it had begun the first large-scale trial of its vaccines for pregnant women, which they expect to finish by early 2023. While Moderna has not started the same trials, they created a registry to track pregnant women who receive the vaccine.

For more information, make sure to click on the link here: First Baby in US Born With Antibodies Against COVID-19 After Mom Receives Dose of Moderna Vaccine While Pregnant

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