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Editorial
January 29, 2021

Can We Protect Pregnant Women and Young Infants From COVID-19 Through Maternal Immunization?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of Infectious Diseases, Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
JAMA Pediatr. 2021;175(6):561-562. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2021.0043

Infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) during pregnancy and early infancy can result in severe disease.1-3 Less is known about the immune responses of pregnant women with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the possibility for infant protection. Vaccination of pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2 vaccines in development has begun in the United States in the context of emergency use authorized vaccine deployment for high-risk priority groups and guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.4-8 Therefore, it is imperative to better understand the potential of immunization during pregnancy for maternal and infant disease prevention and for the implementation of pandemic control strategies.

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