First In World COVID-19 Vaccine For Kids Below 12?
Bharat Testing Vaccine Against UK Strain Too
Could Serum Institute or Bharat Biotech be the first company to have a COVID-19 vaccine for children under 12 years of age? While Pfizer and Moderna have begun pediatric trials for children 12 years and above, Serum plans to begin testing its indigenous vaccine and Bharat Biotech its Covaxin in children under 12
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Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine has shown 80.6% efficacy in interim data from Phase III clinical trials, slightly better than the 79.3% reported by Sinopharm and significantly higher than Sinovac’s 50.6% for their vaccines based on similar technology. Supply deals are already on the way, with Brazil having signed up for 200 million doses.
Set to provide a COVID-19 vaccine partnered with AstraZeneca/Oxford to COVAX and various governments from Brazil to South Africa, India's Serum Institute assures that a fire at one of its units under construction will not impact supplies.