VACCINES: Leeds Teaching Hospital trial vaccine in pregnant women
Pregnant women to receive vaccine in new study.
Leeds Teaching Hospital is amongst first places to trial the UK’s first Covid-19 vaccines study for pregnant women.
Around 235 women are to be given the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or a placebo in a new study, which is taking place at 11 hospital sites across the UK.
Over 100,000 pregnant women have already received the vaccine in the US, mainly with vaccines including Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, with no safety concerns reported.
Following this, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) in the UK has said it is preferable for pregnant women in the UK to be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.
There is no evidence suggesting other vaccines are unsafe for pregnant women but studies are still ongoing.
Participants of the new study will be identified via obstetricians and midwives at the hospital sites involved.
Consultant obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Leeds Teaching Hospital, Professor Nigel Simpson, said: "Catching Covid-19 in pregnancy can have serious consequences for mothers and their babies". He added that "This important study will not only help us understand how best to protect the mothers and babies of today but also how we can prepare to protect those in the future."
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