Dr Peter Hotez told CNBC he is happy the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated their guidelines and urged pregnant women to get vaccinated, especially in light of widespread disinformation campaigns targeting women pregnant.
“Unfortunately, the bad guys, the anti-vaccine groups, have been spreading a lot of false information claiming that Covid-19 vaccines can cause infertility,” said Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital.
“What they did was copy and paste their fake news about the HPV vaccine for cervical cancer and other cancers, which was not true no more, which they believe caused infertility, and they just copied / pasted it straight onto the Covid-19 vaccines. There was never any truth to it. “
The CDC’s recommendation comes as the highly transmissible delta variant causes a further rise in Covid-19 infections and daily cases nationwide exceed 100,000. About 23% of pregnant women have received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine as of July 31, according to CDC statistics.
Hotez highlighted how dangerous contracting Covid-19 is for some pregnant women during an interview Wednesday night on “The News with Shepard Smith”.
“We have seen over the past year and a half many and many pregnant women getting very sick, entering the pediatric intensive care unit, losing their babies, losing their own lives to Covid-19, and so on. is the really scary piece, ”Hotez said. “Pregnant women have not done well with this virus, and that is the big message.”