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Moderna’s corona vaccine is effective on children under 5 years old, US health authority confirms

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Washington:

US health officials confirmed on Friday that the data provided by drugmaker Moderna on the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine among very young children was accurate. This statement from health officials came when a decision is to be taken next week whether two vaccines of the drug manufacturer’s corona vaccine should be authorized for children between six months and five years.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which independently analyzed data from clinical trials conducted by Moderna, said the vaccine’s efficacy against symptomatic cases of COVID-19 ranged from six months to less than two years of age. It was 51 percent among children in the age group of two to five years and 37 percent among children between the ages of two and five.

These figures are lower than those recorded during clinical trials on adults, but that’s only because the trials were conducted during a wave involving the Omicron variant for very young children, according to the FDA.

The FDA said in a statement, “Although VE (vaccine efficacy) is lower than the efficacy observed in significant adult or older pediatric studies in children aged six months to five years, this is comparable to the vaccine effectiveness seen against Omicron in adults.” conforms.”

The FDA explained that even though Moderna’s vaccine has proven less effective against the Omicron variant, it is very good at protecting against severe cases of the disease. That’s why the FDA concluded that Moderna’s data support this finding in two doses of 100 micrograms for adolescents 12 to 17 years of age, 50 micrograms for children six to 11 years old, and five years to six months. For children under the age of 25 micrograms are appropriate. Note that in the United States, Moderna’s vaccine is currently only authorized for people 18 years of age and older.

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