Deputy Chief Medical Officer Predicts Vaccines For Children

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England's deputy chief medical officer has claimed it's 'perfectly possible' the UK will be giving coronavirus vaccines to children by the end of the year.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer has claimed it’s ‘perfectly possible’ the UK will be giving coronavirus vaccines to children by the end of the year. 

ITV News reports that Professor Van-Tam has revealed that several trials were about to commence that will test the current crop of COVID-19 vaccines are both safe and effective in youngsters.

At the moment, the vaccines from Pfizer, Oxford University, and Moderna are only approved for adults because the initial trials did not include children. While there is no indication that they would not be safe, there is insufficient evidence to allow regulators to approve them for use in children.

Extremely clinically vulnerable children, such as those with terminal illnesses, can be considered for the vaccines already, but their family need to go through their GP and have not routinely been invited like other priority groups.

Professor Van-Tam said: “I believe most of the major manufacturers are now starting to turn their attention to whether we can do some clinical trials to prove that our vaccines are safe and effective in children.”

He added that several trials were underway but looking at teenage groups, and it was ‘perfectly possible, but not assured’ that there will be licensed vaccines for COVID-19 for children by the end of the year

The announcement comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted that the Government is doing ‘everything we can’ to return children to school by 8 March

“I can certainly confirm that we’re going to do everything we can… to get our kids… schoolchildren back on March 8 if we possibly can. In the week of the 22nd we’ll be setting out a road map and setting out the way forward for schools,” the PM said.

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