In a new study, experts have found that babies receive antibodies, which protect against the COVID19 from their mothers in the womb during pregnancy. The study has shown that mothers pass on some immunity against the COVID19 to their babies in the womb itself. The findings of the study show that vaccinating pregnant women might provide protection to unborn babies against the deadly disease. Experts have said that pregnant women should receive the influenza vaccine to protect themselves and their babies. Newborn specialist Dr. Dustin Flannery from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and other experts have looked at the data of nearly 1400 mothers and their newborns. They have found that protective IgG antibodies are transferred across the placenta among 72 out of 83 COVID19 positive women and those who have been infected in the past.
The findings of the study show the potential of maternally derived antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which offers neonatal immunity from COVID19. The findings of the study have been released in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. This journal is released by the American Medical Association. The study has shown that none of the babies of COVID19 positive mothers have been infected with the disease. Around 60 percent of women who have been identified with the antibodies have shown no symptoms of the disease. A molecular Virologist Dr. Flor Munoz has said that infants are vulnerable to infection; therefore, any kind of immunity will be a good thing. However, it is a fact that protection against other viruses such as influenza and tetanus wears off when it is passed from mothers to infants during pregnancy.
Dr. Flor Munoz has said that it will be interesting to know whether maternal antibodies can help delay the onset of COVID19 or protect infants from getting severely ill. He has said that it is crucial to study when and how to inoculate infants. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that infants should be vaccinated for influenza at six months even if the mothers have been vaccinated during pregnancy. On the other hand, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that pregnant women should not get the COVID19 vaccine, as there is no safety data available, which shows that COVID19 vaccines will be safe for women during pregnancy and their unborn infants.