Now a few months into the vaccine distribution effort, Austin-based Benchmark Research is working toward developing a COVID-19 vaccine safety trial for children ranging from ages six months to 11 years old.
The trial would study the Moderna vaccine's efficacy in kids and be a continuation of its teens trial studying ages 12-17, which is already underway in Austin, as first reported by KXAN.
The trial has not announced a start date or timeline but Benchmark Research officials have said they are still researching and will take as many safety precautions as possible.
This study would be reflective of the earlier announced teen trial and would use similar doses. For every two authentic doses administered to the children, one child will receive a placebo dose.
This is not the first vaccine trial done on children—Austin Regional Clinic enrolled teenage participants for a Pfizer vaccine trial back in October and plans to hold another trial for 5-11 year olds sometime this summer.Moderna's teen trial began on Jan. 29 and is still accepting applicants. Benchmark Research is currently holding a number of trials and is also actively looking for adults to participate. For more information, click here
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Eighty-seven providers in Travis County will receive a total of 75,540 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for the week of March 8 as part of the 13th weekly allocation, a nearly 62% increase compared to last week's. The significant increase is largely due to inclusion of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which received an emergency use authorization from the FDA last weekend.
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