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Oxford University testing vaccine in children

  • Published at 05:48 pm February 13th, 2021
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File photo: A vial and syringe are seen in front of a displayed AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken January 11, 2021 Reuters

The new mid-stage trial will determine whether the vaccine is effective on people between the ages of 6 and 17

The University of Oxford has launched a study to assess the safety and immune response of the Covid-19 vaccine it has developed with AstraZeneca Plc in children for the first time, it said on Saturday.

The new mid-stage trial will determine whether the vaccine is effective on people between the ages of 6 and 17, according to an emailed statement from the university.

Around 300 volunteers will be enrolled, and first inoculations are expected this month, Oxford said.

The two-dose Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has been hailed as a 'vaccine for the world' because it is cheaper and easier to distribute than some rivals.

AstraZeneca has a target to produce 3 billion doses this year and aims to produce over 200 million doses per month by April.

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