India approves enrollment of seven to 11 year-olds in COVID-19 vaccine trial

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India’s drug regulator on Tuesday allowed vaccine maker Serum Institute to enroll kids aged 7-11 years for its COVID-19 vaccine trial as the country prepares to protect children from the coronavirus.

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It has already administered more than 870 million doses to adults among its population of nearly 1.4 billion.

“After detailed deliberation, the committee recommended for allowing enrolment of subjects of 7 to 11 years of age group as per the protocol,” a subject expert panel of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization said.

Serum Institute is already conducting a trial of its COVID-19 vaccine, a domestically produced version of US drugmaker Novavax’s shot, in the 12-17 age group and has presented safety data for an initial 100 participants.

So far, only drugmaker Zydus Cadila’s DNA COVID-19 vaccine has received emergency use approval in India to be used in adults and children aged 12 years and above.

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