Sinovac Biotech, based in China, has reported that their CoronaVac has been safe and successful at inducing an immune response in children and adolescence, following its phase I and II trials.
The trials involved over 500 participants, ages ranging from three to 17. The shots were delivered at either medium or low doses. Adverse reactions were considered mild, with only two higher fevers reported (classified as a Grade 3 adverse reaction.)
Sinovac researcher, Zeng Gang reported that the antibody levels observed after this vaccine was higher than the ones in adults aged 18 to 59. So far, Sinovac has distributed around 160 million doses of their Coronavac to 17 countries outside of China, 70 million of which have already been administered.
The lower dose seems most effective in children ages 3 to eleven, while the medium dose seems to work best for those aged 12 to 17. As most of the widely used vaccines now do not target children, the news is promising for future development.
Other trials are also currently underway to test out the Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines on older children, particularly those with chronic illnesses that may leave them more vulnerable to the effects of the virus.
American director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious diseases, Doctor Anothony Fauci, has said that high school students should be able to receive their vaccine in the Autumn.
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