Johnson & Johnson plans to test COVID-19 vaccine on young people soon


Johnson & Johnson plans to test younger children later. (Representative)

New York:

Johnson & Johnson plans to start testing its investigational COVID-19 vaccine in young people aged 12 to 18 as soon as possible, a company executive said in a meeting held by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) from the United States on Friday.

“We plan to treat children as soon as possible, but very carefully in terms of safety,” J&J’s Dr. Jerry Sadoff said at a virtual meeting of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Depending on safety and other factors, the company plans to test even younger children afterwards, said Sadoff, a vaccine scientist at J&J’s Janssen unit.

J&J began testing the vaccine in adults in a phase III study of 60,000 volunteers at the end of September. He had to put the trial on hold earlier this month due to a serious medical event in one participant. The study resumed last week.

Rival drug maker Pfizer Inc has already started testing the COVID-19 vaccine it is developing with BioNTech in Germany in children as young as 12.

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