Worrying: Elderly people are not included in clinical trials of vaccines …


A study recently published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine Reveals alarming findings regarding corona vaccines that are under development these days. Quite a few companies developing vaccines against the corona virus have recently reported that they are in the clinical trials phase, a critical phase in vaccine development during which its effectiveness is tested on thousands of people and among other things possible side effects are examined as well as some vaccines needed to provide virus protection.

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But despite optimistic predictions that there will be a vaccine for the corona virus as early as 2021, the future vaccine may not be particularly effective for the elderly population, who are at the highest risk of dying from the corona virus. The global figure stands at about one million deaths as a result of the corona virus, most of them elderly. According to researchers at the University of Massachusetts, more than half of the clinical trials conducted today do not include the elderly at all.

“If the older age groups are not included in the clinical trials for the vaccine, efforts to ensure efficacy, correct dosage or frequency (receiving the vaccine) and evaluating serious side effects in the most sensitive groups to Covid-19 will not be possible,” the researchers wrote in their paper. The response to the vaccine can be different at different ages so it is important that the potential vaccines include people from different age groups.

The population at highest risk | Photo: Miriam Elster, Flash 90

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However, they noted in their paper that some researchers have argued that vaccination for the younger population is necessary in favor of herd immunity. That is, even if only or mostly young people are vaccinated against the virus, it can lead to herd immunity that will also protect the older populations. The authors of the article point out that early preparation, staff training and the integration of aging specialists – could enable the participation of the elderly in clinical trials and thus help the vaccine to be relevant for these sensitive populations.

The corona plague is an event that continues to evolve and catch up. The current report is as of Tuesday (29.09.2020) and more may change. We strive to bring you the latest reports, but it is important to be updated daily in light of the many changes.

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