A coronavirus vaccine for children in the U.S. likely will not be ready until late next year, but health experts say such a delay would be beneficial, despite evidence that children may play a larger role in the community spread of the virus than previously thought.
The health experts said the vaccine should be given to adults first and then to children to make sure it is safe and effective, according to ABC News.
“We wouldn’t start injecting 5-year-olds before we knew what this vaccine did in adults,” said Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, ABC reported.
Nevertheless, in a letter to federal health officials this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics called for children to be included in research for possible coronavirus vaccine, saying “beyond the direct impact of infection, children have been greatly affected by the pandemic,” ABC reported.
As of Friday, the U.S. has roughly 7.3 million coronavirus cases and 208,000 related deaths, both tops globally, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.