Coronavirus: Sinovac says its vaccine is safe for children from the age of 3

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Coronavirus: Sinovac says its vaccine is safe for children from the age of 3


TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Sinovac has said its COVID-19 vaccine is safe in children aged 3 to 17, based on preliminary data, and has submitted the data to Chinese drug regulators.
More than 70 million vaccines against Sinovac have been administered worldwide, including in China.

China has approved its use in adults, but it has not yet been used in children because their immune systems may respond differently to the vaccine.

Early and interim clinical trials with more than 550 subjects showed that the vaccine would induce an immune response, Gang Zeng, medical director of Sinovac, told a press conference on Monday.

Two recipients developed high fevers in response to the vaccine, one 3 years old and the other 6 years old. The rest of the test subjects exhibited mild symptoms, Zeng said.

“Showing that the vaccine is safe and would elicit a potentially useful immune response against SARS-CoV-2 is very welcome,” said Eng Eong Ooi, professor at Duke NUS Medical School in Singapore who is co-leading the development of another vaccine. against covid19. However, he said the data presented publicly by the company was not sufficient to give a conclusive answer to the results.

Children are much less likely to be seriously ill with COVID-19, but they are still at risk and can spread the virus. And while vaccination campaigns around the world have focused on adults, children will need to be vaccinated to end the pandemic.

The Pfizer vaccine is approved for use from 16 years of age and is being studied in 12 to 16 year olds. Moderna has studied its vaccine in children aged 12 and older and announced a new study last week testing its use in children under 12.

State-owned Sinopharm, which has two COVID-19 vaccines, is also studying the effectiveness of its vaccines in children. The company said in January that it had submitted clinical data to regulators, although it was not clear whether it was one or both vaccines.

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