Newborn has antibodies against the coronavirus

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A baby girl who was born 3 weeks after her mom got the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine has antibodies against the coronavirus ...

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Partially Vaccinated Mom Passed Antibodies to Baby

toomuchbaloney

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This is very encouraging news.  

SmilingBluEyes

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I am glad to read this. I hope this becomes more common!

CABGpatch_RN

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This is super encouraging.  Thanks for posting!

JKL33

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Wonderful!

adventure_rn, BSN

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IMO it's kind of unsurprising, as maternal antibodies are well known to pass through the placenta (called 'passive immunity'). Unfortunately, maternal antibodies decline after birth, and there's no reason to think that the babies would be able to make more.

During this time, while we're still getting the pandemic under control, this is definitely good news. However, if the pandemic continues to linger or becomes endemic (like the flu), it probably won't have any meaningful longer-term protection.

It will be a huge deal if they find that the antibodies can be passed to the baby through breast milk, since that would offer longer-term coverage.

sirI, MSN, APRN, NP

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6 hours ago, adventure_rn said:

It will be a huge deal if they find that the antibodies can be passed to the baby through breast milk, since that would offer longer-term coverage.

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