Coronavirus vaccine to be tested on babies 6 months and older in Finland

September 13, 2021  10:40

The Tampere University (Finland) is going to test the Biontech and Pfizer vaccines against coronavirus in 6-month-old—and older—babies, reports the Finnish Yle TV channel.

It is reported that a group of children aged two and older has already been formed, and now researchers are looking for children from 6 months to 1 year old. A total of 1,250 test subjects need to be collected.

According to researchers, the study requires healthy children under 12 years of age who do not have immunosuppressive diseases, MIS-C, or allergic reactions to vaccines.

The children in the study will be given the injection either as a vaccine or as a placebo. Then the researchers will follow the reaction of their organism.

But since babies cannot tell about the side effects themselves, special attention will be paid to their irritability, crying, or lack of appetite. In addition, after a while they will be tested for antibodies in their organism.

According to the director of the institute Mikki Riamet, the immunity acquired in the mother's womb through the placenta is maintained in children six months and older, so they do not need to be vaccinated.

The study will be conducted in four countries, including Spain, the US, and Poland.

If the vaccine tested in children is effective in case of minor side effects, kids can be vaccinated against the coronavirus next year.

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