(Natural News) Moderna has announced that it will start testing its COVID-19 vaccine in children in a large, late-stage trial. The U.S. National Library of Medicine's registry indicates that the study will include 3,000 participants aged 12 to 17.
Half of the volunteers will receive two shots of the Moderna vaccine four weeks apart, while the other half will be given placebo injections. According to the website, the study is expected to finish in June 2022.
The news comes only two days after Moderna's announcement that its vaccine is 94.1% effective at preventing the disease. The company has also applied to the FDA for emergency use authorization. They are planning to use testing locations in New York, Texas, Utah, Minnesota and Oklahoma.
There are so many ways this could go wrong
The idea of volunteering your kids for any sort of medical trial is hard to comprehend, but the stakes are even higher in the case of Moderna's vaccine, which is being developed in a partnership with the National Institutes of Health.