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AstraZeneca vaccine tested in children

A study on the effects of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on children will begin in the UK later this month, where 300 volunteers will participate. AFP

A study on the effects of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on children will begin in the UK later this month, involving 300 volunteers.

Researchers will investigate whether vaccination causes a strong immune response in children aged six to 17 years.

In total about 73 children receive a vaccine from AstraZeneca and about 25 children in the control group receive a vaccine for meningitis.

Andrew Pollar, professor of pediatric epidemiology and lead author of the study, says that although the coronary virus has little effect on children, it is important to study the effects of the vaccine on children, as some of them may benefit from vaccination.

A large part of Britain has already been vaccinated against the coronavirus with the AstraZeneca vaccine, as well as the Pfizer vaccine, but some European countries have been concerned about the effects of the vaccine on the elderly and even decided to vaccinate not people older than 65 years with the material. Among them is Iceland.

The AstraZeneca vaccine also has a limited effect against the South African variant of the virus.

BBC News

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