The Delta variant of COVID keeps maintaining worrying numbers of infections across the world. The USA confronts with devastating numbers of both infections and deaths caused by the ongoing pandemic, and the country’s officials are looking for solutions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been very involved in studies regarding the coronavirus. More COVID vaccinations for pregnant women now need “urgent action”, according to the government agency, as a new article from The Washington Post reveals.
COVID vaccines are recommended before and during pregnancy
According to a recent health advisory, the CDC recommends the vaccines before or even during pregnancy. The advice applies to “people who are pregnant, recently pregnant … who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future.”
Pregnant people are certainly not avoided by the coronavirus, that’s for sure. The virus doesn’t seem to avoid any category, however. It has already killed over 4.7 million people, according to worldometers.info.
Government data has shown that over 125,000 COVID cases were recorded for pregnant people as of Monday.
The CDC’s health advisory also wrote:
Data from the COVID-19-Associated Hospitalization Surveillance Network (COVID-NET) in 2021 indicate that approximately 97% of pregnant people hospitalized (either for illness or for labor and delivery) with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection were unvaccinated.2 In addition to the risks of severe illness and death for pregnant and recently pregnant people, there is an increased risk for adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes, including preterm birth and admission of their neonate(s) to an intensive care unit (ICU).
The vaccination rate across the world, in general, is still in progress and growing, although more people need to get vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity, according to experts. Our World in Data tells us that only 45.2% of the world’s population has been vaccinated for the coronavirus with at least one of the needed doses.