Testing on Kids Is a Nervous Next Step on Way to Covid Vaccine


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Source: Bloomberg

There are many questions surrounding children’s role in the coronavirus pandemic but one thing is clear: they’ll need a vaccine, just like adults.

That means injecting dozens of kids with an experimental product — a prospect that makes many parents nervous. The University of Oxford and AstraZeneca Plc plan to start testing their jab in 5- to 12-year-olds as schools and nurseries reopen in the U.K.

Children appear to be less affected by Covid-19, though their role in transmission of the virus remains unclear. A vaccine would protect them and ensure they don’t infect others who are more at risk, like teachers or grandparents. But the pandemic has struck at a time of growing defiance against mass immunizations.

“These are of course very personal decisions, but everybody needs to ask themselves: Would I want the vaccine for my child later on, when other people have contributed to making it safe?” said Beate Kampmann, professor of pediatric infection and immunity and director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine’s vaccine center. “We have to be grateful to people who have taken that little bit of a punt.”

Kids were excluded from Oxford’s early research efforts. Their experimental jab, a front-runner in the global race to develop a vaccine, was tried on adults first, showing only transient side effects such as a temperature and a sore arm. When it moves into the more advanced stages of research in June, it will be administered to as many as 10,260 people, some of them children.

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  1. The world eagerly awaits a coronavirus vaccine, and labs are racing to develop one. Some have now reached the stage of human trials and are looking for volunteers. So what’s it like to be part of a vaccine trial?

    I remember very clearly my first medical trial. It was in Oxford where I was going to receive an experimental vaccine against bird flu.

    This was in 2006 and at the time H5N1 avian flu was a big deal. It was a deadly virus, killing half of those it infected. That would make it perhaps 50 times more lethal than Covid-19.

    So there was a need for a vaccine, and the Oxford Vaccine Group was to conduct a trial of healthy volunteers.

    I didn’t hesitate about sticking my hand up, or rather, rolling up my sleeve. After all, I rely on patients to agree to me filming them in order to illustrate some aspect of healthcare, so it was a good thing for me to experience what that’s like. Very often they are taking part in a medical trial, be it for cancer, diabetes or any number of other conditions.

    There’s one big problem surrounding all of this, which is that you need a lot of virus to be circulating to know whether the vaccine protects the people who’ve been immunised, and at present cases are decreasing. It’s reckoned about one in 1,000 people in England are currently infected, not counting cases in hospitals or care homes.

    A further 10,000 volunteers are being recruited at sites across England, Wales and Scotland. At present there are more cases in parts of the north of England and Scotland than in Oxford.


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