University of Kentucky Joins KidCOVE Study to Enroll 200 Children from 6months to 11 Yrs. Old to Establish Dose & Efficacy in Healthy Children

University of Kentucky Joins KidCOVE Study to Enroll 200 Children from 6months to 11 Yrs. Old to Establish Dose & Efficacy in Healthy Children

Recently, the University of Kentucky became one of 90 trial sites in the U.S. accompanied by 10 comparable centers in Canada to participate in Moderna’s national trial targeting children aged 6 months old to 11 years old. Called KidCOVE, the study investigates the use of the COVID-19 vaccine called mRNA-1273 in an effort to evaluate whether the experimental mRNA-based vaccine candidate, currently authorized on an emergency basis for adults, can protect young children from SARS-CoV-2 related illness. Although there’s a growing societal debate about whether healthy children should be vaccinated at all for COVID-19, biotech company Moderna now embarks down the pathway to determine an age-appropriate dose, as well as evaluate the vaccine’s effectiveness while monitoring any and all side effects in children. Does vaccination make sense as a public health tool for young healthy children?

The Study

Recently showcased in the University of Kentucky News, Moderna now works through the 100 trial sites to enroll 7,050 children across North America to commence the study. The study staggers the age cohorts across three study groups, including 1) 6 years to less than 12 years old, 2) 2 ye...

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