Babies' risk of COVID-19 cut if mum vaccinated in pregnancy

The risk of Omicron infection during the first four months of life is 33% lower in infants of vaccinated mothers compared with unvaccinated mothers

COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy appears to lower newborns' risk of coronavirus infection, according to a study.

Norwegian researchers tracked more than 9700 babies whose mothers received a second or third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna while pregnant.

They compared them with around 11,900 babies whose mothers were not vaccinated before or during pregnancy.

Overall, COVID-19 infections were rare in the babies.

But the risk of a positive COVID-19 test