What to Expect From Vaccines When You’re Expecting

The exclusion of pregnant and lactating women from COVID-19 vaccine trials poses difficult questions for families considering getting pregnant. 

It’s still not known whether the shots are safe for expectant mothers, writes Anna Louie Sussman in The New Yorker.
 
For decades, experts have advocated for pregnant and lactating women to be included in vaccine trials. The unique complexities to testing vaccines on pregnant women—from cost to liability to the incongruities between human pregnancies and research animal pregnancies—mean a consensus has stalled.
 
But as of now, while the FDA can encourage drug companies to include pregnant women in research trials, they cannot require it.
 
The New Yorker

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