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Covid-19 antibodies Created in New Born after Mother Gets Vaccinated

The first-ever known case of a newborn baby with Covid-19 antibodies was reported in Palm Beach County, Florida. After the lady received a vaccine several weeks before giving birth, she gave birth to a baby with antibodies. Two pediatricians from Boca Raton, Fla., detailed the findings in a pre-print case report this month. It is yet to be peer-reviewed.

A frontline health care worker who was 36 weeks pregnant received her first dose of the Moderna vaccine in January. Doctors say that she gave birth to a healthy baby girl three weeks after that. The researchers obtained a blood sample of the baby’s cord to find out the presence of Covid-19 antibodies. They wanted to determine if the antibodies had passed on to the baby from her mother. This occurs with other vaccines given during pregnancy as well.

According to the 28-day vaccination timeline, the woman received her second dose after giving birth. The researchers concluded in their report, “We report the first known case of an infant with SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies detectable in cord blood after maternal vaccination.”

A doctor involved in the research, Chad Rudnick, told WPBF, “This is one small case in what will be thousands and thousands of babies born to mothers who have been vaccinated [over] the next several months.” Researchers said that further studies would help determine how maternal coronavirus vaccinations may protect infants from the virus by creating Covid-19 antibodies.

The report urged other investigators to create pregnancy and breastfeeding registries to conduct efficacy and safety studies of the vaccine in pregnant women.

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