On 11 March 2021, Dr Chris Gale from Imperial College London provided new insights on the impact of COVID-19 on the health of newborns in the IMPRINT webinar series 'Maternal and infant immunisation in times of COVID-19.' In his presentation, Dr Gale described the incidence, characteristics, transmission, and outcomes of SARS-CoV-2 infection in neonates who received inpatient hospital care in the UK from a prospective population-based cohort study. Neonatal SARS-CoV-2 infection is uncommon in babies admitted to hospital. Infection with neonatal admission following birth to a mother with perinatal SARS-CoV-2 infection was unlikely, and possible vertical transmission rare, supporting international guidance to avoid separation of mother and baby.
The recording of the presentation can be accessed via this link.
The webinar series offers monthly webinars that cover topical questions relating to maternal and infant immunisation in times of COVID-19. Details about the individual sessions are communicated through the IMPRINT Newsletter.
Ruth Karron and Judith Absalon discussed the COVID-19 vaccine trials in pregnancy and the ethical framework around these studies in our IMPRINT webinar series.