Children as young as six to take part in coronavirus vaccine trial

A nurse prepares a dose of the Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Credit Olivier Chassignole Pool via AP

Stressing that the labor organizations are not asking to "jump the line", the groups said Wednesday that using EMTs and firefighters to administer vaccines for school workers could speed up distribution and support efforts to bring more students back to in-person learning.

The funding has been awarded to expand the AGILE clinical trial platform and will allow for global innovators to progress cutting-edge treatments for COVID-19 through all 3 clinical trial phases in the United Kingdom, further protecting our supply chain.

300 volunteers will take part in the research in the United Kingdom to assess whether the coronavirus vaccine will produce a strong immune response in children aged between six and 17.

The new midstage trial, which will assess whether the vaccine is effective on people aged 6 to 17, seeks 300 volunteers.

The trial will begin this month at the university and additional sites in London, Southampton and Bristol, Sky News reported.

Up to 240 children will receive the vaccine and the others will get a control meningitis jab.

It is one of three to have been approved for use in adults in the United Kingdom, along with those from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.

"Our children's education is our number one priority, but then working forward, getting non-essential retail open as well and then, in due course as and when we can prudently, cautiously, of course, we want to be opening hospitality as well", he said during a visit to Billingham, northern England, where the new Novavax vaccine will be manufactured.

Battling a sharp spike in infections in recent weeks which has overwhelmed its healthcare system, Lebanon took delivery of 28,500 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Saturday, the first batch of 2.1 million doses set to arrive in stages throughout the year.

Speaking to the newspaper, he said: "I hope that Covid-19 will become a treatable disease by the end of the year", adding treatments will be a "turning Covid from a pandemic that affects all of our lives into another illness that we have to live with, like we do flu".