Women urged to delay pregnancy until end of covid due to new variant

Brazil urges women to delay pregnancy until the coronavirus pandemic has passed over claims new variant is more dangerous to expectant mothers

  • The Secretary of Primary Health Care of the Brazilian health ministry, Raphael Camara said more contagious new variant is dangerous for to pregnant women
  • Brazil has the second highest recorded deaths related to covid in the world 
  • Pregnant women in the UK can get Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccinations

Women should postpone pregnancy until the coronavirus pandemic has passed, health officials in Brazil have warned. 

The Secretary of Primary Health Care of the Brazilian health ministry, Raphael Camara has said that the variants of covid in Brazil is more dangerous to expectant mothers. 

‘If possible [the women should] postpone the pregnancy a bit to a better time so that [they] can have a more peaceful pregnancy,’ he said in a press conference on Friday. 

Health officials in Brazil are urging women to wait to conceive due to a new strain of the virus

He added that the ministry is now working on studies on the issue of pregnancy and variants of the virus. 

‘The clinical view of experts shows that the new variant has a more aggressive action on pregnant women,’ he said. 

‘Before, [severity] was linked to the end of the pregnancy, but now [they] see a more serious evolution in the second trimester and even in the first trimester..’

Brazil has the second highest recorded deaths related to covid, second only to the US, with 368,749 deaths and more than 13.8million cases. 

It could be down to a new variant of the virus, which is believed to be extra contagious. 

Public health experts have also warned that the country could be headed for more difficult times due to inaction and political issues. 

A team led by Marcia Castro of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, alongside experts at the University of São Paulo published a report in the jorunal Science which states that the ‘federal response’ in Brazil has been ‘a dangerous combination of inaction and wrongdoing. 

‘Without immediate action, this could be a preview of what is yet to happen in other localities in Brazil.’ 

Health care services in Brazil have been struggling under the weight of the pandemic 

It comes after the city of Manaus experiences a collapse in the hospital system following oxygen shortages.  

Meanwhile, in the UK, pregnant women are now being offered either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccinations following studies showing ‘no safety signals’ when they were used in the US. 

Updated guidance published on Friday read: ‘Although clinical trials on the use of COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy are not advanced, the available data do not indicate any harm to pregnancy. 

‘JCVI [The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation]  has therefore advised that women who are pregnant should be offered vaccination at the same time as non-pregnant women, based on their age and clinical risk group. 

‘Pregnant women who commenced vaccination with AstraZeneca, however, are advised to complete with the same vaccine.’

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