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'Covaxin trial results on children likely by September'

Trials for Bharat Biotech's Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin on children are underway and results are expected to be released by September, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) director Randeep Guleria informed. "Vaccines for children should come out now because trials in India are already underway for vaccines which are available in India. Bharat Biotech's trial is in the final phase and by September we will have the data," Guleria said. He added, "In the coming weeks or by September, vaccines should be available for children. We should then start schools in a graded manner as we have been doing for 18-45 years age and that also will give more protection to kids and more confidence to the public that children are safe." The trial is being conducted in three phases by segregating children into categories according to their age. The first trial was started in the age group of 12 to 18 years followed by the age group of 6 to 12. Trials for children between the ages of and 2-6 years are currently undergoing trials. He further said that vaccine manufacturer Zydus Cadila, which recently requested emergency use authorisation for its Covid-19 vaccine ZyCov-D, has also included the data for children for their vaccine.

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