LONDON, 13 – RIA Novosti, Denis Voroshilov. The University of Oxford will test a joint coronavirus vaccine with AstraZeneca for children ages 6 to 17, the university said.
“University begins research into the safety of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine … for adolescents and children. Research will be conducted at three centers in London, Southampton and Bristol. Previous trials of the vaccine have shown its safety in adults, new research will assess whether a sufficient immune response is being produced on ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 in children aged 6-17, “the university said in a statement.
The study, which will be the second phase of clinical trials, will involve 300 volunteers, 240 of whom will receive the vaccine.
“Although most children are not exposed to the coronavirus and it is unlikely that (in case of infection) they will feel unwell, it is important to develop an immune response from the vaccine in children and adolescents,” the chief developer of the drug, University of Oxford professor Andrew Pollard, said in a statement. …
The volunteers are expected to receive their first vaccinations in February. Earlier, the deputy chief physician of England, Jonathan Van-Tam, told reporters that vaccines against coronavirus for children are already being tested in Britain.