Kids to participate in vaccine trials in India, soon
State health officials are now gearing up to conduct vaccine trials for children after
However, this is a catch-22 situation as it requires both parents and kids to give consent while parents are hesitant about their kids getting the jab. Dr Krishna Ella, MD, Bharat Biotech said on Monday that his company would soon apply for clinical trials for kids aged between two to 15 years.
Amit Bhate, director of Belagavi-based Jeeva Rekha Hospital which is conducting third-phase trials for
However, he said that paediatric trials would be more challenging than the adult trials. “The trials depend on the volunteers. However, finding kids may be more difficult than adults because we need to get the consent of the kids as well as their parents. With many parents averse to
Paediatric trials are very important because the mutant virus has affected kids in the UK and this may become a big problem now. For kids, it will be starting from pre-clinical trials, Phase One, Two, and Three
– Amit Bhate, Director of Jeeva Rekha Hospital
Another issue being debated is whether it would be an injection or oral drops for kids. “Most probably it will be drops but we still don’t know,” said Bhate, arguing that paediatric vaccines were the need of the hour.
“Paediatric trials are very important because the mutant virus has affected kids in the UK and this may become a big problem now. For kids, it will be starting from pre-clinical trials, Phase One, Two, and Three”, he added.
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On Tuesday, the Centre announced six medical oxygen generation plants to the State through the PM Cares fund. Sudhakar said that the move would help to ensure supply of oxygen during a pandemic besides strengthening the public health system in the long run.