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Johnson & Johnson tests coronavirus vaccine in children



Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson plans to start testing coronavirus vaccine in children, according to Reuters.

Reuters reported on Friday that the company will soon plan to test the test vaccine on people 12 to 18 years old.


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Jerald Sadoff, a senior adviser to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine division, said during a meeting led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Friday, according to Reuters.

Sadoff said the company also plans to test the vaccine in children under 1

2 if it is proven to be safe among people 12 to 18 years of age.

Most COVID-19 vaccine trials have focused on whether the shots are safe and effective in adults. Pfizer, which produced one of the four vaccine candidates currently in phase three testing in the US, recently began testing the vaccine in children.

Although much fewer children get sick with COVID-19 than adults, they can still get the virus and spread it to others.

Johnson & Johnson kicked off its third phase of vaccine trials last month, aiming to engage 60,000 participants. The company halted testing earlier this month after a participant suffered a stroke. An independent committee investigated the incident and determined the incident was not related to a vaccine, and testing was resumed this week.

It is not uncommon for some of the participants to become ill during large-scale vaccine testing, and most will continue immediately after the pause so that cases can be assessed for safety.


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