CHICAGO (AP/CBS)– The Moderna vaccine study in adolescents has met its “primary immunogenicity endpoint, successfully bridging immune responses to the adult vaccination,” the company announced Tuesday.
We just announced that the Phase 2/3 study of our COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents has met its primary immunogenicity endpoint. In the study, no cases of COVID-19 were observed in participants who had received 2 doses of the vaccine: https://t.co/SHTokbDhKR pic.twitter.com/rqHEfmi9s9
— Moderna (@moderna_tx) May 25, 2021
Moderna will submit its new data to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other global regulators early next month.READ MORE: RealTime Weather Alert: Wet and Windy Through Monday Morning, Flooding Possible
The company studied more than 3,700 12- to 17-year-olds. Preliminary findings showed the vaccine triggered the same signs of immune protection in kids as it does in adults, and the same kind of temporary side effects such as sore arms, headache and fatigue.
There were no COVID-19 diagnoses in those given two doses of the Moderna vaccine compared with four cases among kids given dummy shots. In a press release, the company also said the vaccine appeared 93% effective two weeks after the first dose.READ MORE: 3 Killed, 26 Wounded In Weekend Shootings Across Chicago
While children are far less likely than adults to get seriously ill from COVID-19, they represent about 14% of the nation’s coronavirus cases. At least 316 have died in the U.S. alone, according to a tally by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
With plenty of vaccine supply in the U.S., younger teens flocked to get Pfizer’s shot in the days after FDA opened it to them, part of a push to get as many kids vaccinated as possible before the next school year.
Both Pfizer and Moderna have begun testing in even younger children, from age 11 down to 6-month-old babies. This testing is more complex: Teens receive the same dose as adults, but researchers are testing smaller doses in younger children. Experts hope to see some results in the fall.MORE NEWS: Breach Alarm Sounded At Midway International Airport After Man Says He Left Phone On Plane, Tries To Run Back
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