CAIRO - 21 January 2022: It is recommended for pregnant women or those who are planning to become pregnant to receive the Coronavirus vaccine to prevent the risk of infection, said Hossam Abdel Ghaffar, the spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Population, on Thursday.
He called on pregnant women to register for the Coronavirus vaccine, adding that the European Medicine Agency’s (EMA) COVID-19 task force (ETF) showed that “mRNA COVID-19 vaccines do not cause pregnancy complications for expectant mothers and their babies.”
Three days ago, the EMA’s study, which involved around 65,000 pregnancies at different stages, “did not find any sign of an increased risk of pregnancy complications, miscarriages, preterm births or adverse effects in the unborn babies following mRNA COVID-19 vaccination,” said EMA in a statement.
In November 2021, Abdel-Ghaffar said that Egypt has not taken a decision on vaccinating pregnant and breastfeeding women against COVID-19 yet.
All vaccines are similar when it comes to the side effects but vary in terms of effectiveness.
Egypt is witnessing a rise in the number of infections with the Omicron mutant, said Abdel Ghaffar on Friday evening.
“Omicron infection is predominant in Egypt,” he added in comments to Al Hekaya talk show on MBC Masr channel.
The Acting Minister continued that headache, soar throat and difficulty in swelling food are the most common symptoms associated with Omicron, adding that and there is a similarity between Omicron symptoms and influenza.