Duke doctor leads push to study COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women

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Dr. Brenna Hughes, Duke University's Vice Chair of Obstetrics and Quality and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division Chief (Photo: WTVD)

DURHAM, NC (WTVD) — A Duke doctor is leading the national effort to get pregnant women included in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials and studies.

Dr. Brenna Hughes, Duke University’s Vice Chair of Obstetrics and Quality and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division Chief, has studied infectious diseases in pregnancy for decades and since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, has shaped guidelines going out to physicians across the U.S. and around the world.

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Hughes was tapped to serve on three separate panels, including with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and the National Institutes of Health.

For the last ten months, she has been providing evidence-based recommendations for physicians on how to treat pregnant women who have contracted the virus.

According to the CDC, pregnant women with COVID-19 are at an increased risk of severe illness and might be at an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth.

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