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  • Ongoing drug trials show children in the age group had antibody levels about 1.5 levels higher than what is observed in young adults who were given the two-dose regimen.
  • The trial includes 4,753 participants aged 6 to less than 12 years of age.
  • The announcement comes as an FDA advisory panel is set to meet Tuesday to consider authorizing Pfizer’s vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

Moderna says interim data shows its COVID-19 vaccine generates a strong immune response and appears to be safe in children between the ages of 6 and 11. 

The company on Monday said its ongoing drug trials show children in the age group had antibody levels about 1.5 levels higher than what is observed in young adults who were given the two-dose regimen. 

The trial includes 4,753 participants aged 6 to less than 12 years of age. Each participant is given two 50-microgram doses of vaccine, half the dosage given to adults. 


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“We are encouraged by the immunogenicity and safety profile of mRNA-1273 in children aged 6 to under 12 years and are pleased that the study met its primary immunogenicity endpoints,” Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel said in a release. 

“We look forward to filing with regulators globally and remain committed to doing our part to help end the COVID-19 pandemic with a vaccine for adults and children of all ages,” Bancel said. 

The company said side effects among those in the trial were mild to moderate, with fatigue, headache, fever and paint at the injection site the most common. 

Moderna said it plans to submit the data to regulators in the “near term.” The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized emergency use of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for those 18 and older. 

The announcement comes as an FDA advisory panel is set to meet Tuesday to consider authorizing Pfizer’s vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. The Pfizer-BioNTech jab is currently approved for those 12 and older. 


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Published on Oct 25, 2021