Rome, 3 May 2021 – There are two, both in the home straight, the trials of Covid vaccines underway in children and adolescents. Some preliminary results are coming and there are grounds for hypothesizing that “their authorization by regulatory activities may arrive in time for the reopening of schools,” he told Ansa l’immunologo Sergio Abrignani, of the State University of Milan e member of the Scientific Technical Committee.
Both vaccines that are being tested in children and adolescents are based on the messenger RNA technique and the companies are conducting the studies. Moderna and Pfizer / BioNTech. The first trial in phase 2/3, conducted by Moderna, began in the United States in December 2020 on 3,000 children between 12 and 17 years and the same company has just launched a second study, called KidCove, also in phase 2/3 on 6,750 children from six months to 11 years. According to the plans, the first to receive the vaccine will be the older ones and gradually it will move to the smallest ones.
In the United States and Germany, the experiment conducted by Pfizer / BioNTech on 2,260 children between the ages of 12 and 15 has reached phase 3. In light of the positive results obtained, the company is preparing to submit the application for authorization to the regulatory authorities of the United States (Fda) and Europe (Ema) and expects its vaccine to be available as early as June. The data indicate that, after both doses, the production of higher antibody levels was than observed in a previous study in the age group between 16 and 25 years. Another trial, phase 1/2/3 is underway on children from 6 months to 11 years. “It is probable that in both cases the approval by the regulatory authorities is quite rapid” and “in time for the reopening of the schools,” observed Abrignani. “The vaccination campaign has now taken off” and “it is likely that in September we will have 85% of the population vaccinated,” he added. Considering 10% of the population that refuses the vaccine and about 5% who cannot get vaccinated for other reasons, about 7 million children and young people aged 2 to 18 could remain to be vaccinated in September. “For the little ones, from zero to 2 years, the data will come later.” If all goes as planned, concluded the immunologist, “at the beginning of the school year children and young people could be vaccinated. This could mean having vaccinated all adults and all children who want to be vaccinated much earlier than Christmas holidays: a great result “.
Tuscany, the data of May 3
The new cases registered in Tuscany are 570 out of 9,550 tests of which 7,489 molecular swabs and 2,061 rapid tests. The rate of new positives is 5.97% (15.7% on first diagnoses).
Covid Tuscany, the data of 2 May
Yesterday there were 9,148 new cases of Covid, 144 deaths. In the last 24 hours, the lowest number of deaths from Covid in the last 7 months was recorded, 144 victims. The latest similar figure was recorded on October 26, 2020, when the official bulletin indicated the figure of 141 deaths due to the pandemic. So according to the data released by the Ministry of Health. On May 1st, the new positive cases were 12,965 with 226 deaths.
There are 730 new cases of coronavirus ascertained on Sunday 2 May in Tuscany. The cases emerged on a total of 14 thousand swabs between molecular and rapid. The president of the Region Eugenio Giani anticipates it.
Covid Tuscany Bulletin 2 May
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Six million with the double dose
To date, 6 million people have been fully vaccinated in the country, while another 14 million have received the first dose. To these data is also added the umpteenth drop in hospitalizations, cases and victims due to Covid. Yesterday the new positives were 12,965 with 226 deaths and a positivity rate (out of the 378,202 tests carried out) which still drops to 3.4%. The currently positive are 430,542 and 3.4 million recovered or discharged.
The data of May 1st
They were 12.965 the coronavirus test positives in Italy in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Ministry of Health. As of April 30, there were 13,446. On the other hand, there are 226 victims in one day (April 30, 263). 2,522 patients hospitalized in intensive care for Covid in Italy, down by 61 units compared to yesterday in the daily balance between entries and exits, while the daily entries, according to data from the Ministry of Health, were 143 (on 30 April 137) . In the ordinary wards, however, 18,381 people are hospitalized, a decrease of 559 compared to April 30. In total, the cases since the beginning of the epidemic are 4,035,617, the dead 121,033. The currently positive ones are 430,542 (-5,728 compared to yesterday), the healed and discharged 3,484,042 (+18,466).
Sardinia, maxi checks in ports and airports
The checks carried out by the Forest Rangers of the Sardinia Region to monitor compliance with the rules established for the health emergency by Covid-19. Between 6 pm on 30 April and 6 pm on 1 May, 3,325 checks were carried out at airports and ports. Of these, 1,374 at Cagliari airport and 454 in that of Alghero; 844 in the port of Olbia, 467 in that of Porto Torres, 121 in Golfo Aranci, 42 in Cagliari and 23 in Arbatax. A complaint was notified to Golfo Aranci for failure to register on the application ”Safe Sardinia”. 59 checks were also carried out in the territory and three complaints were notified.
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