AIIMS director gives big statement on coronavirus infection in children

New Delhi: Even though the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is getting weaker on paper. But a warning issued by health experts is really troubling. 

Experts fear that the world may soon have to face the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, due to which India will not be left untouched.

Experts have also expressed fear that the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic may affect children the most.

However, AIIMS Director, Dr. Randeep Guleria has rejected this theory.

“If we look at the data of India or the world, so far no such data has come in which it has been shown that there is more serious infection in children,” AIIMS Director, Dr. Randeep Guleria said in a statement.

“There is no evidence yet that if the next wave of the Covid-19 pandemic comes, then there will be a more serious infection in children,” he added.

Significantly, amidst the fear of a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the trial of covaccine on children started at AIIMS, Delhi from Sunday.

According to the information received from the website of the National Center for Disease Control, 30 lakh 36 thousand 109 cases of 0-20 years have been reported in the country so far.

The Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has recently approved the vaccine for trials on children. This will include children from 2 years to 18 years. The trial will have 515 participants in the age group of 2 to 18 years. 

Vaccination for children has been divided into two phases. In the first phase, different doses will be given to the children. After 28 days the second dose will be given. After vaccination, the health of the children will be continuously monitored.

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Vaccine is being given to children in these countries

– Italy approved the use of the Pfizer-BioEntech vaccine for children 12-15 years old on 31 May.

– Germany plans to give the first shot to children aged 12-16 from June 7, while Poland will offer the shot to children aged 12-15 on the same day.

– France may begin vaccinating teens aged 16-17 by June, with 12-15-year-olds receiving shots at the start of the school year.

– The Prime Minister of Lithuania said that the country may start immunizing Ks children under the age of 12 in June.

– Estonia could start vaccinating teenagers by winter, public broadcaster ERR reported, citing the head of the government’s COVID-19 council.

– Romania’s prime minister said children as young as 12 could start getting shots from June 1.

– Austria aims to vaccinate 340,000 children aged 12-15 years by the end of August, according to news site WindowBona.

– According to the news agency Xinhua, Hungary began immunization of 16-18 year olds in mid-May.

– Norway may consider a Pfizer vaccine for children who are at high risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.

– Switzerland’s health watchdog said in early May Pfizer had sought approval for the shot in children aged 12-15.

Apart from this, sources say that Britain can also start a vaccination program for children soon.

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