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Dr. Fauci says that 20,000 pregnant women have received the COVID-19 vaccine and there were ‘no red flags’

Dr. Anthony Fauci said the coronavirus vaccine has been successful so far on pregnant women

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens as he speaks with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens as he speaks with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday that more than 20,000 pregnant women received the COVID-19 vaccine and there were “no red flags” from those patients afterward, according to Axios.

  • Fauci, one of the country’s top infectious disease experts, said Wednesday during a White House briefing that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Food and Drug Administration, is still reviewing data to make sure the vaccine is safe for pregnant women, the New York Post reports.
  • “Approximately 20,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated with no red flags,” Fauci said, per Spectrum News. “This is being monitored by the CDC and the FDA.”

You can watch Fauci’s comments on the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnant women over at Politico.

What does the CDC say?

The CDC said pregnant people are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19, “including illness that results in ICU admission, mechanical ventilation and death compared with nonpregnant women of reproductive age.”

Limited data is available for the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine on pregnant people, though, per the CDC.

  • “Limited data is currently available from animal developmental and reproductive toxicity studies. No safety concerns were demonstrated in rats that received Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before or during pregnancy; studies of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are ongoing.”
  • More studies are being planned. Vaccine manufacturers are monitoring clinical trials to determine the impact.