Moderna says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids as young as 12

Henrietta Strickland
May 25, 2021

Earlier on Sunday, the Punjab government had said that Moderna has declined a request for a direct supply of vaccines. "It is depending on their surplus - how much they can provide to India, they will come back to the Government of India and we'll ensure, facilitate supply at the state level", Agarwal said.

An Indian state looking to procure Covid-19 shots to combat a nationwide surge in infections today said that U.S. vaccine maker Moderna had declined to supply its shots and said it can only deal with the federal government. "When the COVID cases and the number of deaths started sky-rocketing towards the end of April 2021, the GOI abruptly changed the vaccination policy and stated that the states will have to make their own arrangements for vaccinating the youth", the letter read. Britain gave approval to US-made Pfizer in December. The study met its primary goal of showing that immune responses to the vaccine in 12 to 17 year-olds were as good as those produced in adults, and no significant safety concerns were observed, according to the company.

In addition to appearing to be 100 percent effective after two doses, the vaccine was found to be 93 percent effective after one dose.

Side effects were mild or moderate with the most common being pain at the site of injection, similar to adults in the clinical trial previous year.

Other common symptoms were fatigue, headache, muscle pain and chills, but no serious side effects were reported. The new findings are consistent with data from the same study released by Moderna earlier this month.

If Moderna's vaccine gains clearance for teens it could help broaden the US immunization campaign.

However, despite the promising results, many parents are not enthusiastic about vaccinating their children.

Singapore has approved the new storage condition for the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at refrigerator temperatures of 2°C to 8°C for up to 31 days.

Only about three in 10 parents - 29 percent - of children under 18 said they would get their child vaccinated 'right away'.

He said all the 400 vaccination sites for the 18-44 age group have been closed in Delhi after the vaccine stock was over, while the centres administering Covaxin to the 45+ age group, healthcare workers and frontline workers too have been shut due to unavailability of jabs.

While children are far less likely than adults to get seriously ill from the coronavirus, they represent about 14% of the nation's COVID-19 cases. At least 316 American children had died of COVID-19 as of May 20, compared with 166 who died of the flu during the 2019-20 flu season, according to the AAP.

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