Among the many vaccines against the emerging “Corona” virus, also known as the “Covid-19” pandemic in many places around the world, the famous American pharmaceutical company Pfizer is currently conducting clinical trials on a vaccine that it developed, and called it “AstraZeneca”.
According to a report published by the American “CNN” network yesterday, the boy Abhinav, who is 12 years old, is one of the youngest volunteers who decided to go through a trial of receiving a dose of the vaccine.
Abhinav lives with his family, who are of Indian origin, in the United States, and studies in the seventh grade. His parents insisted on his first name only to protect his privacy.
Abhinav aims to contribute, by volunteering to test the “AstraZeneca” vaccine, in making the vaccine widely available. He hopes from behind this that the success of the vaccine will help him return to his school safely, and that he can go with his family members again to India to visit their relatives on the annual vacation in a safe manner, as they did annually before the outbreak of “Covid-19”.
The “CNN” report included interviews with Abhinav, his father, as well as Dr. Robert Frenk, supervisor of Pfizer’s clinical trials of the vaccine, AstraZeneca.
“I think everyone in my school wants to go back to normal,” Abhinav said.
Abhinav knows that the chance of actually receiving the vaccine is no more than 50%. Half of the volunteers in this third and final phase of the vaccine are getting a mock dose. But he hopes that he will get the real vaccine because he believes that the vaccine will protect him from infection, and this in turn will prevent him from transmitting the Corona virus to others.
In turn, Sharat, Abhinav’s father, confirmed that he was mainly thinking about the safety of his child when he enrolled him among the volunteers to test the vaccine. “I’m mainly thinking about protecting my son,” Sharat said. It will also help science. We felt it was something that had to be done. ”
Sharat confirmed that he was fully aware of the side effects of the vaccine. Earlier this year, Sharat volunteered to test the first phase of the vaccine and felt confident in the safety of the vaccine for his son. Not only that, but it documented signs that the vaccine will prevent the virus from transmitting infection to it.
Sharat works as a physician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, which is participating in clinical trials of the AstraZeneca vaccine. And just last week, the hospital conducted experiments that included the vaccination of 100 children as young as 12 years old, including Abhinav.
The trials of the “AstraZeneca” vaccine had stopped for about two months in the United States after a British volunteer had neurological symptoms. And the US experiment resumed again last week.
Dr. said. Frenk: “We’ve now paused to see reactions to the vaccine. We are now in a planned pause to make sure everything is as safe as possible. ”
He added, “People may feel nervous about giving children an experimental vaccine, but they have noticed that the” AstraZeneca “vaccine has already been tested on tens of thousands of adults.”
The Americans are concerned about terms such as licensing for use in emergencies, and fear that vaccine rollout will accelerate too quickly.
Among the side effects that doctors monitor in trials of the “AstraZeneca” vaccine are lumps, redness or pain at the injection site, in addition to fever or pain.
Dr. said. Frenk: “The reason we administer this vaccine to children is because Pfizer has registered 30,000 adults, and it has safe data from all these people.”
In addition, he said that it would be important to vaccinate children against the Corona virus if there was any hope of controlling the pandemic. And they almost certainly contribute to the silent spread of the virus.
Dr. added. Frink: “I think the important thing that people should remember is that while teens don’t get sick like old people, that doesn’t mean that some children don’t get sick and some babies don’t die.”
He pointed out that 20 children in the United States have died from “Covid-19” so far.
The “AstraZeneca” vaccine does not use any active virus, but rather relies on a small piece of genetic material called “mRNA -” a method originally used to fight cancer. And Dr. Frink said that this is the first time that this substance has been used to vaccinate against an infectious disease.
The vaccine stimulates the body to create antibodies against the spike protein, which is the structure the virus uses to bind to the cells it attacks.
Dr. Frenk confirmed that some people experience some pain when receiving the vaccine. It is possible that the body will build up its immune response, similar to the pain caused by an actual infection. Dr. Frink said that none of the 400 adults who received the vaccine had to be absent from work due to side effects.
Likewise, adolescents who volunteered had mild responses to the vaccination. Dr. said. Frenk: “One of the children had a low-grade fever, took ibuprofen and felt fine.”
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