It's October, and that means Halloween and horror movies. Rather appropriate for this annus horribilis known as 2020, that's for certain. The common thread of horror movies is when the stalked teens say, "I think he's gone." And then they leave the lake house or barn or glass walled contemporary California home and - THWACK! They're dead. Can't imagine why I had these thoughts after reading that the CoVax will not be available for children right away.
Why the sudden transparency on vaccine production? I think that COVID has made vaccine safety a legit topic among millions of Americans who hadn't given a thought to how a vaccine is produced, tested, approved and then monitored for safety. You know, people like most of US before vaccine injury. Sunlight isn't just for Vitamin D. Kim
Children will not likely see a coronavirus vaccine until late 2021: Experts
While drug companies and governments around the world are in an all-out sprint to develop a coronavirus vaccine for adults, the race to identify one that is safe and effective for children lags far behind, meaning America's youngest may not be vaccinated until late next year, health experts told ABC News.
Despite recent evidence that children may play a larger role in the community spread of COVID-19, experts say the delay is appropriate, because a vaccine should be tested in adults first to ensure it's safe and effective before being tested in children.
“We wouldn't start injecting five-year-olds before we knew what this vaccine did in adults,” said Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville.
“Kids are not little adults, they have very different immune systems, and you might need to have a completely different kind of vaccine for kids,” said Dr. Anita McElroy, a pediatric infectious disease physician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "And we're just so at this point so far behind the power curve, we're at the very beginning of any kind of vaccine against COVID [so] that to think we could just take one that works in adults and put it in kids and assume it's going to work fine is actually a foolish thing to do.”
Dr. John Brownstein, epidemiologist, Boston Children’s Hospital and ABC News contributor, said there are simply "a lot of things we have to understand" from dosage to learning from safety studies, "so those take time before you can start ramping up and looking at a broader population of kids."