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A woman from the US vaccinated against Covid gave birth to a baby with Covid antibodies.
The woman is a nurse at a hospital in South Florida. In January, she received the first dose of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine when she was 36 weeks pregnant. So, the young mother was immunized while she was pregnant.
The woman recently gave birth to the first known baby born with Covid-19 antibodies. The baby girl is healthy.
The girl is healthy, and doctors have discovered Covid antibodies against coronavirus in the baby's blood.
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The doctors from the hospital where the baby was born said that this is the first reported case in the world of a newborn with Covid antibodies after vaccination.
The doctors tested if the has Covid antibodies by testing the baby's umbilical cord to see if the Covid antibodies passed from mother to baby. And it happened. The baby girl has Covid antibodies due to the mother that was vaccinated while being pregnant.
Two doctors, Paul Gilbert and Chad Rudnick were the ones that analyzed the case. They said that the young mother gave birth to a strong and healthy baby girl.
This can could be a huge success in fighting the pandemic
Researchers now need to determine if infants are protected from these Covid antibodies.
Moreover, they need to determine how much time the babies can be protected from the virus.
Further studies were done by the two doctors at the hospital from South Florida, Paul Gilbert şi Chad Rudnick, and they wrote a scientific article about this case. You can read the article here:
We have demonstrated that SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies are detectable in a newborn’s cord blood sample after only a single dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Thus, there is potential for protection and infection risk reduction from SARS-CoV-2 with maternal vaccination. Quantification of the antibody response can help to determine the specific antibody titer and aid in longitudinal monitoring of the dynamics of the antibody response in individual patients. Protective efficacy in newborns and ideal timing of maternal vaccination remains unknown. Further studies will be needed to quantify the amount of viral neutralizing antibodies present in babies born to SARS-CoV-2 naïve mothers who are vaccinated prior to delivery. Additionally, the duration of antibody protection in this population is not yet known and serial total antibody measurements may be used to determine how long protection is expected which may help to determine when the best time would be to begin vaccination in newborns born to mothers who received a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2."
Quote from the paper wrote by Paul Gilbert and Chad Rudnick
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What this discovery means
Vaccinating as many people as possible produces mass immunization. The vaccine will eventually disappear. It will still be a danger to society, but not at the same level as at present.
Preventing the virus from transmitting to the newborn is a way to combat the pandemic. If the new generation could be born with Covid antibodies they will not catch the virus and be affected by it.
So by vaccinating mothers, there may be no need for children to be vaccinated. The babies will be born immunized.
This discovery is huge especially because it is a solution to save new generations from getting sick with this virus.
Further research is needed at the moment to find out if only the vaccine done during pregnancy affects the newborn baby or if the vaccine before pregnancy could make the newborn have Covid antibodies.
This discovery made south Florida is an important step in the fight against the pandemic. It can be the end of the virus if the new generations are born immune.