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Moderna begins clinical study on vaccination of children under 6 | Coronavirus


Moderna estimates that 13,000 children will participate in this study in Canada and the United States. In Winnipeg, the Children’s Health Research Center, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM), is one of the 80 sites carrying out this research.

To date, there is no vaccine for COVID-19 for children under 5, and only people 12 and older have access to the Moderna vaccine. The vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech is the only one approved by Health Canada for children aged 5 to 11 years.

The Moderna vaccine studied in clinical trials will be the same as that given to the general population, but it will be given in smaller doses.

The researchers will administer two doses to the young participants with a gap of two months. About 75% of them will actually be vaccinated, while the rest will receive a placebo. Researchers will monitor the health of the children for 14 months after their first dose is injected.

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A security study

This is a safe study, according to Dr. Fanella.

In all vaccine clinical trials, including those done for COVID-19 by Moderna and Pfizer, the focus is on safety and follow-up with study participants, he explains.

All participants have already been selected for the study. In January, however, there may be other openings for children aged 6 months to 2 years in Winnipeg.

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