The US Food and Drug Administration is likely to recommend against giving pregnant women the upcoming Pfizer vaccine, a member of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee said Thursday.
Dr. Paul Offit's comments came after the committee voted to recommend the vaccine for an emergency use authorization (EUA).
“I think the recommendation will be that pregnant women not receive this vaccine until we know more,” Offit told CNN’s Wolf Blitze
“However, as shown in this trial, whenever you do any sort of large clinical trial, invariably you do get pregnant women because women don't find out they're pregnant until after they've gotten one or two doses. So, there were about two dozen women in this trial that were pregnant and there doesn't appear to be any harmful effects on them, but their babies haven’t been born yet to find out
Offit said this will also happen when the vaccine rolls out to health care workers and people in long-term care facilities. Some of those vaccinated will invariably include pregnant women.
The committee voted 17-4, with one abstention, in favor of recommending the FDA grant Pfizer an EUA. The FDA will now decide whether to accept the recommendation but has signaled that it will issue the EUA for the vaccine.