The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) has introduced a Sinopharm “immune bridge study” for children between the age of 3 and 17. This makes the UAE the first nation in the Middle East and North African area to organize vaccine trials and a study of the Covid vaccine’s success on this particular age group.
Are Vaccine Trials Safe For Children?
The Abu Dhabi Department of Health will make sure that all the appropriate medical guidelines are followed strictly. It will be done based on the highest international standards and practices, and the children will be meticulously monitored.
As soon as it’s ready, the study’s initial results will be published. This will be used to make decisions regarding the safe reopening of schools. The safety and health of the children have the most significance in this study.
The children will take part in it with permission from their parents. Throughout the process, both the parents and children will stay informed. They will be given support at every stage. The Sinopharm immune bridge study will ensure that all the parents who have volunteered their children will be given all the details so they can fully grasp the process. The children will be taken care of well and given all kinds of help and clarifications throughout.
So far, the Covid vaccines have proven to be safe and effective. Since the Sinopharm vaccine is conceptually just like the other vaccines that children have traditionally been injected with for years, it is expected to be effective and safe. The vaccine trials will bring down the rates of infection and ease the symptoms.
Why Do Children Need To Be Vaccinated?
Nations like China, the USA, UK, and India, which manufacture vaccines as well, have also started holding such clinical trials for this age group in the recent few months. The initiative will include around 900 kids from various nations. Their immune response will be studied to determine the efficiency of the vaccine so that in the foreseeable future, medical authorities can vaccinate those in this age group.
Dr. Nawal Al Kaabi, Chairwoman of the National Covid-19 Clinical Management Committee is heading the study. He said that because today’s children are the citizens of the future, it should not only be the adults who get vaccinated, but the children should also get the jabs safely.
Since the new mutant variant of the coronavirus is wreaking havoc and causing extreme symptoms in children and adults, the need for this study is urgent. Children can be carriers of the virus for at-risk individuals. Therefore, inoculating those in that age group is vital for their safety as well as that of others around them.
As more and more people get the vaccine, including kids, herd immunity will also be more successfully achieved.This is part of the UAE’s long-term recovery plan to vaccinate all of its residents by the end of this year. UAE is presently the most vaccinated nation in the world, with a rate of 137 doses per 100 people.