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Florida woman gives birth to first ever baby with COVID-19 antibodies

ECONOMYNEXT – A woman in south Florida, US, who had received one dose of the Moderna vaccine while 36 weeks pregnant has given birth to the first known baby born with COVID-19 antibodies, international media reported.

According to The Guardian, pediatricians Paul Gilbert and Chad Rudnick have presented their finding in a preprint article which has yet to be peer-reviewed. Further research is required to determine whether infants are protected by these antibodies.

The woman, a frontline healthcare worker, has given birth to a “vigorous, healthy” girl three weeks after getting the jab. CBS News reported that the antibodies were detected at the time of delivery, after the two analysed blood from the baby’s umbilical cord taken immediately after birth and before placenta delivery.

“We have demonstrated that SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies are detectable in a newborn’s cord blood sample after only a single dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine,” the pediatricians concluded. “Thus, there is potential for protection and infection risk reduction from Sars-CoV-2 with maternal vaccination.”

They did, however, emphasized that more research is needed to verify the safety and efficacy of the coronavirus vaccines during pregnancy.

“We urge other investigators to create pregnancy and breastfeeding registries as well as conduct efficacy and safety studies of the Covid-19 vaccines in pregnant and breastfeeding woman and their offspring.”

“This is one small case in what will be thousands and thousands of babies born to mothers who have been vaccinated of the next several months,” The Guardian quoted Rudnick as saying. “Further studies have to determine how long will this protection last. They have to determine at what level of protection or how many antibodies does a baby need to have circulating in order to give them protection.” (Colombo/Mar18/2021)

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