AIIMS Patna to setup Covaxin trials on children

Twenty children of 12-18 years have been vaccinated till now as part of the clinical trial of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for this age group, officials associated with the Covid project at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Patna have said. Over 100 minors have lined up for the trials till now, according to them.

These trials will be conducted on 175 children across the country with every centre carrying out 20 each, AIIMS Patna Superintendent Dr CM Singh said.

“After the trial’s first dose, administered following all formalities of RTPCR and blood tests, the second one will be given after four weeks,” said Dr Singh who is in charge of the trials.

“For the second round, registrations on the age group of 6-12 will begin on Tuesday,” he said.

The trials have been flagged off in anticipation of a mutated variant of Covid, that could leave children vulnerable.

Following AIIMS Patna, the premier medical facility’s Delhi centre is also set to begin from today the screening of children for trials.