WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The Brazilian health ministry said the new COVID-19 variant poses a high risk to pregnant women.
- Brazil recorded the second-highest COVID-related deaths in the world, next to the U.S.
- In the UK, pregnant women can get vaccinations from Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna.
Brazil health officials are urging women to postpone their pregnancy until the worst of the coronavirus pandemic passes.
Raphael Camara, the Secretary of Primary Health Care of the Brazilian health ministry, warned that the COVID variant spreading in South America is more dangerous to pregnant women than the previous one.
Camara said in a press conference on Friday: ‘If possible [the women should] postpone the pregnancy a bit to a better time so that [they] can have a more peaceful pregnancy.’
He added that studies conducted by the Brazil health ministry have revealed that the new variant has a more threatening effect on pregnant women, affecting their first and second trimester.
With 368,749 deaths and more than 13.8 million cases, Brazil has the second-highest recorded deaths related to covid. The highly contagious new variant is thought to be the major cause of the massive second wave of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Public health experts warn that Brazil may face even more difficult times due to the government’s inaction, and political issues.
According to a report published in the journal Science by a team of experts headed by Marcia Castro of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Brazil’s government response to the pandemic has been ‘a dangerous combination of inaction and wrongdoing’. The report further says that without a proper federal response, the whole country would experience the devastating effects of the second wave.
The report was published after the city of Manaus experiences a shortage of sedatives for patients needing mechanical ventilation.
Meanwhile, pregnant women in the UK have been given the green light to get vaccinations from Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna after US data showed that the vaccines showed ‘no safety concerns’.
The UK guidance, which was updated on Friday, said available data shows that the vaccines do not harm pregnancy, but the clinical trials conducted are not advanced.
‘The updated guideline read: ‘JCVI [The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation] has therefore advised that women who are pregnant should be offered vaccination at the same time as non-pregnant women, based on their age and clinical risk group.
The guideline also advised pregnant women who already received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine to complete their dose of the same vaccine.
Source: Daily Mail