July 28, 2021

Cuba: Anti-COVID Vaccine Clinical Trial underway in Pediatric Population

The first phase of the anti-COVID-19 clinical trial for children and adolescents began Monday in Cuba

Gabriel García was the first Cuban adolescente volunteer to receive the anti-COVID-19 Soberana 02 vaccine candidate. (Photo: @BioCubaFarma).

The Soberana-Pediatrics clinical trial is so far progressing satisfactorily, said Dr. Meiby de la Caridad Rodríguez González, director of Clinical Research and Impact Evaluation of the Finlay Institute of Vaccines and leader of the trial.

According to the expert, that the first anti-COVID-19 research in children and adolescents complied with a rigorous approval process seven weeks after the dossier was submitted to the regulatory authority and on June 14, during the application of the first dose, they had the first sanitary inspection by the Center for State Control of Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices (CECMED).

In its phase I/II, Soberana-Pediatrics includes healthy Cuban children and adolescents between 3 and 18 years of age. 50 volunteers will participated in the first stage and 300 in the second, to whom the same scheme will be applied as for adults, that is, two doses of Soberana 02 and one of Soberana Plus, she pointed out.

The study will be carried out sequentially, after the first week of immunization, blood tests will be performed to determine the safety of the product, to request the approval of CECMED with a view to continue with the group from three to 11 years of age and to continue towards phase II with a greater number of adolescents.

The first stage of the research will be carried out at the Juan Manuel Márquez Pediatric Hospital and later the trial will be extended to the health areas of the municipalities of Playa, Marianao and La Lisa, she
explained.

Source: ACN

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