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COVID vaccine trials in children in country going to begin soon: Govt

COVID vaccine is crucial in the fight against the Corona virus disease.

The liberalised and accelerated Phase-3 strategy of COVID-19 vaccination drive has already been started in the country.

Despite the government’s efforts to vaccinate all the beneficiaries in a fastest manner, some misinformation about vaccination is also there in some sections of the society.

One of the misconceptions is that the Centre is not taking steps to vaccinate children.

The Union Government has termed this as false.

AIR correspondent reports, the Union Government has said that no country in the world is administering COVID vaccine doses to children under the age of 12 years.

Also, the World Health Organization has no recommendation to vaccinate children.

However, there have been studies about the safety of vaccines in children which is encouraging.

The Centre has said, trials in children in India are also going to begin soon.

Recently, Bharat Biotech’s COVID vaccine Covaxin has been granted permission to conduct Phase-2 and 3 trials for the age group of two to 18 years.

The Expert Panel of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organization had recommended the conduct of trials.

The Government has stressed that the decision to vaccinate children is to be made by the scientists based on the results of the trials.

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