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Moderna launches Covid-19 vaccine trials to assess safety in children

In Ireland, Moderna has made up a small proportion of the number of vaccines administered.

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US MANUFACTURER MODERNA has said it has started Covid-19 vaccine trials for children aged from 6 months to under 12 years old, with plans to enroll about 6,750 participants.

“We are pleased to begin this Phase 2/3 study of mRNA-1273 in healthy children in the US and Canada,” said CEO Stephane Bancel in a statement.

“This pediatric study will help us assess the potential safety and immunogenicity of our Covid-19 vaccine candidate in this important younger age population.”

US health authorities say that fewer children have been sick with Covid-19 compared to adults, but they can be infected and can spread the virus.

Most infected children have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.

School officials across the US are under pressure to fully reopen as soon as possible, but many say they need portable classrooms or shorter school days to meet social distancing rules.

Moderna said 17.8 million adults in the United States have received its vaccine, as the country seeks to step up its innoculation program against the coronavirus pandemic that has killed over 535,000 people in America.

The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have all been authorized for emergency use, and the companies are set to deliver more than enough to cover the entire US adult population by mid-year. 

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The United States is currently vaccinating around 2.2 million people per day, while almost 65% of Americans 65 and older have had at least their first shot.

In Ireland, Moderna has made up a small proportion of the number of vaccines administered.

Overall, 451,589 people have received the first dose of a vaccine in ireland and 164,345 have received a second dose as of 13 March.

19,498 of these are from Moderna, with over 467,000 from Pfizer and 128,900 from AstraZeneca.

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