AstraZeneca Resolves To Test COVID-19 Vaccine On Children

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Pharmaceutical giants, AstraZeneca alongside the University of Oxford have launched a study to assess the safety and immune response of the COVID-19 vaccine they both developed in children.

According to a statement by the university, the new mid-stage trial will determine whether the vaccine is effective for people between the ages of 6 and 17 and likely to determine the next line of action.

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No fewer than 300 volunteers will be enrolled for this exercise and first inoculations are expected this month, Oxford said.

The two-dose Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has been hailed as a ‘vaccine for the world’ because it is cheaper and easier to distribute than some rivals.

AstraZeneca has a target to produce 3 billion doses this year and aims to produce over 200 million doses per month by April.

 

AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK

 

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