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Over 258,000 coronavirus-infected pregnant women in the Americas

Over 258,000 coronavirus-infected pregnant women in the Americas

Washington, Jul 29 (Prensa Latina) Latin America and the Caribbean on Wednesday reported more than 258,000 pregnant women diagnosed with Covid-19, at least 2,375 of them lost their lives due to coronavirus-related complications.
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In response to a question from Prensa Latina, representatives of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported on these data collected through reports from 30 nations and regional territories up to July 21, 2021.

‘Vaccination campaigns targeting pregnant women, along with social distancing measures, hand-washing and mask wearing are expected to help reduce mortality and severity,’ said Dr. Sylvain Aldighieri, PAHO´s Covid-19 Incident manager.

Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, PAHO deputy director, told Prensa Latina that Covid-19 vaccines are generally safe for pregnant women.

Barbosa added that sometimes as mass vaccination is carrying out, some women are immunized without knowing their pregnancy status, and such data are also assessed to confirm coronavirus vaccine´s safety.

PAHO deputy director insisted on the need to give priority to pregnant women with some risk factor (including hypertension, diabetes or obesity), since ‘it´s confirmed that maternal death has gone up due to Covid-19 complications,’ he said.

Amid a complex epidemiological situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the spread of more dangerous variants, Cuba is moving on its immunization campaign by applying its own vaccine candidates.

Precisely, Cuba´s health authorities reported that immunization with Abdala candidate in pregnant women in the second and third quarters, older than 19 years; as well as in nursing mothers will begin in July 29.

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