Do Young Children Need to Participate in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials?

Do Young Children Need to Participate in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trials?

That’s an important question. Given mounting concern about vaccine equity on the one hand, and the true risk factor(s) on the other hand for children under the age of 12, not to mention some fear (at least some segments within American society about safety concerns), a University of Pittsburgh professor of Pediatrics makes the case for continued vaccine research in pediatric populations. TrialSite appreciates Professor Judy Martin’s transparency and straight talk. A summary of her recent piece in The Conversation is followed by some considerations for a broader rational discussion across the nation. Some notions are challenged here, meant for meaningful debate, something that's critically important in this age of COVID-19.

First published in The Conversation, TrialSite breaks down the case made by Professor Judy Martin, a well-known principal investigator who receives funding from the National Institutes of Health to conduct SARS-CoV-2 vaccine research. Currently, both Pfizer and Moderna are sponsoring clinical trials with children participating in ages ranging from 11 years old down to six months old. This surprises many people that babies are included in these vaccine trials....

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