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Dr. Peter Hotez applauds CDC’s endorsement of vaccines for pregnant ladies in mild of harmful antivaccine rhetoric

Dr. Peter Hotez instructed CNBC that he is glad the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention up to date its steerage and urged pregnant ladies to get vaccinated, particularly in mild of the widespread misinformation campaigns geared towards pregnant ladies. 

“Sadly, the dangerous guys, the anti-vaccine teams, put out a variety of faux data claiming that Covid-19 vaccines could cause infertility,” mentioned Hotez, co-director of the Heart for Vaccine Improvement at Texas Kids’s Hospital.

“What they did was they copied and pasted their faux information concerning the HPV vaccine for cervical most cancers and different most cancers, which additionally wasn’t true, that they mentioned brought about infertility, and so they simply copy/pasted it proper onto Covid-19 vaccines. It by no means had any fact to it.”

The CDC’s advice comes because the extremely transmissible delta variant is inflicting one other surge in Covid-19 infections and each day instances nationwide are surging previous 100,000. About 23% of pregnant ladies have acquired not less than one dose of the Covid vaccine as of July 31, in keeping with CDC statistics.

Hotez underscored how harmful contracting Covid-19 is for some pregnant ladies throughout a Wednesday night interview on  “The Information with Shepard Smith.” 

 “We have seen over the past yr and a half tons and many pregnant ladies get very sick, go into the pediatric intensive care unit, lose their child, lose their very own lives due to Covid-19, and that is the actually scary piece,” Hotez mentioned. “Pregnant ladies haven’t finished nicely with this virus, and that is the massive message.”

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