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Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine to be Tested on Children

Children are now set to get a shot of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

The University of Oxford has launched a new trial to test how well the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine works in children.

According to a statement from the university on Saturday, the new mid-stage trial will determine whether the vaccine is effective for people between the ages of six and 17.

About 300 volunteers will take part in the trial expected to begin in late February, 240 children will receive the vaccine, while the rest will receive a control drug.

Andrew Pollard, paediatric and chief investigator on the Oxford vaccine trial, said it is important to establish the safety and immune response to the vaccine in children and young people.


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