CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A COVID-19 vaccine that may be more than 90% effective at preventing the virus is being tested at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Pfizer Incorporated made the announcement about its vaccine Monday based on early test results.
Cincinnati Children’s is one of five COVID-19 vaccine testing sites in the country to enroll children and adolescents. The hospital began a phase 3 trial of the Pfizer vaccine in August with preteens and teenagers from ages 12 to 17.
Vaccine clinical trials need to include the young, officials say, both because the virus’s long-term effects are still unknown and because they can still pass the virus to more vulnerable people — their parents or grandparents, for example.
Dr. Anthony Fauci told the American Medical Association it might be early December before we get an answer as to whether one or more of the six vaccine candidates are safe and effective.
Officials with Pfizer say the company expects to have more than a billion doses manufactured in 2021.
“I think the higher efficacy, the better off we are, so to hear a real high efficacy for the vaccine is great news. I look forward like no other to the end of COVID-19 as I’m sure each of you do, and you know, at the end of the day, having a vaccine that’s effective means that someday we might able to live without COVID in our lives,” Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Kesterman said.
“I think the vaccine will be available for free to all American citizens. I believe more will do the same. We are giving it to the government that quite a low price. Um, so I think every American will have access to it,” Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said.
Medical experts say the COVID-19 vaccine could have side effects such as fever, chills, headache, and body aches. They noted that these side effects usually go away after 72 hours of receiving the vaccine.
Natural immunity varies from person to person, they said.
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they do not know how long the vaccine or natural immunity will last.
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