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Trials targeted at adults: Mike Defensor worried Pinoy kids would be last to receive COVID-19 vaccine

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Anakalusugan party-list Rep. Mike Defensor has expressed concern that Filipinos under 18 years old could be the last to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available since trials are targeted at adults.

When it comes to experimental biological products and pharmaceutical agents targeting the general adult population, Defensor said children and pregnant women are usually the last to be tested for safety and efficacy.

“While COVID-19 vaccines may possibly be approved for emergency use on the general adult population by the second half of 2021, drug regulators around the world, including our own Food and Drug Administration here, are bound to require further clinical studies to ascertain the safety of the boosters on children,” he said.

Defensor made the statement as the Department of Health prepared to launch its month-long immunization drive for babies and toddlers against measles-rubella and polio.

Widespread immunization against COVID-19 is not expected until mid-2021, despite anticipation of progress in producing available vaccines, according to the World Health Organization.