US starts trial of COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women

One thousand women will take part, according to the National Institutes of Health

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced the launch of a study to evaluate the immune responses generated by COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant or postpartum women.

pregnant woman being vaccinated

Pregnant women are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19 including premature birth, high blood pressure with organ failure risk, need for intensive care and possible death, according to the NIH.

A small study conducted in February in Israel showed that antibodies were detected in all 20 women