The English university of Oxford has begun this Saturday to test its vaccine against Covid-19, developed together with the pharmaceutical company Astrazeneca, in children 6 to 17 years. Until now, minors of that age group had not been included in the vaccine tests, so they are the world’s first trials for this population and they will determine the effects and efficacy of vaccines in children.
In a statement, the researchers explain that tests to determine the safety and immune response of children to the vaccine known technically as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 will be developed in centers in the cities of Oxford, London, Southampton and Bristol. For these trials, we will recruit 300 volunteers, of which up to 240 will receive the vaccine from Oxford / AstraZeneca and the rest a control vaccine against meningitis.
According to the University of Oxford, these are the first trials with young children of a vaccine against covid, since so far only they have been done tests with 16 and 17 year oldsWithout any preparation being authorized for public use at the moment.
Oxford Lead Researcher and Childhood Immunity and Infection Expert, Andrew Pollard, said that although children appear to be less affected by the coronavirus and they are not likely to become seriously ill, “It is important to establish the safety and immune response” to the vaccine, as some minors may “benefit from being immunized.”
The Oxford / AstraZeneca vaccine is, together with that of Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech, one of the three that, at the moment, administered in the UK, which aims to meet next Monday the goal of having vaccinated the four most vulnerable groups in society, some 15 million people.
In previous studies with adults, it has been shown that the British preparation, which is also distributed in the European Union and will be offered at cost to developing countries, 63% effective, inoculated in two separate doses for eight to 12 weeks, and its efficacy against new variants of the virus is currently being investigated
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