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The warning follows last week’s publication of a “disturbing” study by the University of Oxford.
Data shows that 99% of pregnant women hospitalized because of the coronavirus were not vaccinated and one in ten of them required intensive care.
It is great news that very few vaccinated pregnant women have been hospitalized for COVID-19,” recalled Professor Marion Knight, who led the study.
However, they decided “very worryingly that hospital admissions of pregnant women are increasing due to the coronavirus, and that patients are more severely affected than in the case of the delta variant.”
According to Knight, last week alone, 200 pregnant women were hospitalized with the coronavirus.
In all, from the start of the pandemic to July 11, 3,371 pregnant women were hospitalized with symptoms of the disease.
The severity of his condition was correlated with the delta variant, details the study, which has not yet been examined by its peers.
On the same topic consulted this week, Kate O’Brien, the person in charge of WHO’s vaccinations, confirmed that a pregnant woman is at “high risk” of contracting a severe form of the disease.
And that’s even more true in late pregnancy, when your belly gets bigger and your lung capacity decreases because of your weight,” she explained in a question-and-answer session, to future moms and lactating women. Vaccination encouraged.
Pregnant women in the UK can receive the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine from mid-April. Actually, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives recommend doing this as soon as possible.
According to data from the English Health Service (PHE) published on 22 July, approximately 51,700 pregnant women received the first dose, and 20,600 the second.
The BBC says this is a much lower figure than the 606,500 pregnant women registered by their doctor in England in 2020-2021.
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