The Gamaleya Center has applied to the Russian Ministry of Health for permission to conduct clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine for children aged 6 to 11 years. This was announced on November 29 by the head of the center Alexander Gintsburg.
“This morning we submitted documents to the Ministry of Health, as I promised, to conduct clinical trials of the Sputnik vaccine for children from 6 to 11 years old,” he said.
Gunzburg also expressed the opinion that the children’s coronavirus vaccine should be included in the national immunization schedule.
The day before, the head of the Gamaleya Center called the refusal to vaccinate children against coronavirus a crime.
“If they [родители] love their child, then they are simply committing a crime towards him [когда не разрешают прививаться]”, – said Gunzburg.
On November 24, the rector of the St. Petersburg State Pediatric Medical University (SPbGPMU) Dmitry Ivanov, in an interview with Izvestia, noted that a myth has developed in society that children do not get COVID-19, but in fact, minors have very difficult cases. He emphasized that 80% of the lungs are affected in children.
On the same day, Denis Logunov, deputy head of the Gamaleya Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, said that the vaccine against coronavirus infection for adolescents received a registration certificate. On the same day, the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation announced the registration of the drug.
At the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed out the need to think about creating a coronavirus vaccine for children over two years old.
Russian authorities are urging residents to get vaccinated to protect their health and take care of their loved ones. Citizens are vaccinated for free. Five vaccines against coronavirus have been registered in the country: Sputnik V, which became the first vaccine against COVID-19 in the Russian Federation and the world, as well as Sputnik Light, EpiVacCorona, EpiVacCorona-N and KoviVak.
All relevant information on the situation with the coronavirus is available on the websites of stopcoronavirus.rf and accessvsem.rf, as well as by the hashtag #WeV Together. Coronavirus hotline: 8 (800) 2000-112.