- Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE have already started their international study into vaccinating pregnant women
- They had 4,000 volunteers and they want to evaluate the efficacy of the vaccine among healthy pregnant women
- Pregnant women have been regarded as among those who were at a high risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness
- The National Institutes of Health has already called for the inclusion of pregnant and lactating women in the research of COVID-19 vaccines
A new study, which comprised 4,000 volunteers, will evaluate the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines among healthy pregnant women. Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE have already initiated the study, reported GMA News.
Volunteers from different countries joined. They are 18 years old and above. Participant countries include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Canada, Mozambique, South Africa, Spain, the UK and the U.S.
The women will receive the vaccine during their 24th to 34th week of gestation. They would also have two shots at 21 days apart.
Dr. Brenna Hughes, a specialist at the Duke Health in Durham, North Carolina, said she "absolutely applauds" the study of Pfizer of its vaccine in pregnant women, NBC News reported.
In the US, regulators would require drugmakers to conduct studies in pregnant animals before the vaccines could be tested in pregnant women. This is to ensure that they do not harm the fetus or in any way could lead to a miscarriage, reported CNBC.
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The COVID-19 outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. The Philippines has slowly eased quarantine measures and Filipinos are starting to adapt to the new normal.
The government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.
Doctors have died after being infected by COVID-19. They are among the frontliners who attend to the patients rushing to hospitals amid the pandemic. Now, with the availability of vaccines, there is high hope for everyone around the world. Pfizer and AstraZeneca are among the most prevalent vaccines rolled out around the world.
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