Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Is Not Recommended For Pregnant Women: WHO

There Has Been Insufficient Information Regarding Possible Safety or Hazard for Abnormality in Fetus

New guidance has been issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the consumption of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, which includes warning advice that those women that are either pregnant with a child or lactating should not be administered with the vaccine unless they are at very high risk of exposure.

Administration of COVID-19 vaccine

The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) of the World Health Organization have recently issued a new course of recommendations on Immunization regarding the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, which includes an advisory warning for pregnant women to not take the injected antidote for the viral infection unless they are working as a frontline health care worker at a medical facility or in an environment which is at high risk of disease exposure to the female.

SAGE wrote in a public statement that while the process of pregnancy tends to put a female at a higher risk of exposure to the deadly viral infection of COVID-19, and the disease could possibly tend to further escalate in severity. The consumption of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant women has currently not been recommended, except in case of emergency.

Kate O’Brien, the World Health Organization’s director in Immunization, has said that the human clinical trials that have been conducted to test out the recently developed Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should also be conducted on pregnant women to rule out any possible unexpected outcome in the future during administration on mass population throughout the world.

Although there have been no adverse effects reported after the administration of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women, to be on the safe side to prevent any unpredicted complication from happening, the administration should be regulated for the time being. The only issue observed that resulted in the warning for expecting mothers is the lack of sufficient data to classify the drug as completely safe for a fetus to consume.

The report also emphasized the point that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should be injected into individuals with a high risk of infection exposure in two dosages and should have 28 days interval between both dosages. If possible, the gap interval between both shots could be exceeded to around 48 days to prevent any unexpected harmful side effects of the coronavirus vaccine.

The recommended amount of dosage for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine should be provided to an individual in the dosage amount of 100 mg or 0.5 ml. there are continuous efforts currently occurring by the World Health Organization along with the pharmaceutical firm Moderna to establish a safe vaccine protocol for women that are pregnant to prevent any mishap from occurring to the fetal body.

Insufficient data for pregnant female administration

The detailed report by SAGE has stressed the requirement of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to be administered in medical centers where it is also available for immediate treatment for any allergic reactions to be promptly available in case of an unforeseen accident to occur with a patient during administration. The team of experts has also issued a set of guidelines for the rival COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech collaboration.

The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the Independent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, has given a statement that includes that there has been insufficient evidence which could suggest that the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are safe and suitable enough to be administered into pregnant women without any worrying cause.

Both the COVID-19 vaccines, which are currently being administered in various countries around the world, do not contain the strains of the virus itself, due to which they would be unable to cause the viral coronavirus infection. But due to the lack of availability of required data, the call has not been made yet for the safe administration of the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant females.

The recent guidelines from Public Health England are in support of this position and have stated that those COVID-19 vaccines which have been developed early for the prevention of the deadly infection do not contain any organism which could include potentially multiple while being inside a human body, and could not cause any infection inside the unborn fetus inside the womb of the mother.

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