The World Health Organisation has announced no plans to vaccine all its young children in the coming months as it seeks to focus on health programmes aimed at helping people to develop their immune systems.
Key points:WHO has been working on developing vaccines for children aged 5 to 12 for yearsNow, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have joined forces to develop vaccines for younger children as part of a broader strategy for controlling the spread of deadly coronavirus in the region.
The World Health organization said it has been focusing on two vaccines, one for the older children and one for younger ones.
“As a precautionary measure, the WHO is postponing vaccination of the younger children until the first phase of the vaccination programme has been completed, with the aim of giving as many children as possible as much time as possible to complete their vaccination, and thus minimise the risk of transmission of the pandemic virus,” WHO said in a statement.
“It is also the WHO’s intention to provide vaccination opportunities to the older and more vulnerable children of all ages, in order to give them time to recover and to gain immunity to the virus.”WHO says vaccinating all children is the only option to protect children from the virus’ devastating effects on their immune system.
It also said the world’s top cancer research agency has been collaborating with the WCRF to develop a vaccine, and the WHO said it was working closely with the research institute to determine the feasibility of the vaccine for young children.
It said the two vaccines would be developed by a global team of scientists, with help from WCRFs own laboratories.
“Both vaccines will provide protection against the spread and spread of COVID-19,” the WHO statement said.
“Together, they will make it more difficult for COVIDs to develop in the future.”
The World Cancer Resilience Institute (WCARI) has been co-ordinating efforts between the WHO and WCRFS, the organisation that is responsible for overseeing the vaccine programme, and it is believed to have been the main partner in the development of the two new vaccines.WCARF has already completed its first phase three vaccine for children and the WCARI will provide the first two doses of the second phase in November.
The WHO has said vaccinating children will also help the agency develop the next vaccine for adults, which is expected to be available in 2019.WHO said the vaccine will be given in two doses: one to every child under the age of five and one to each adult.
“This will provide enough protection against transmission of COVS to prevent the spread to all the population,” the statement said, without giving a timeframe for when the vaccine would be given.WHO also said that in the first six months of the year, the two vaccine programmes will work together to increase vaccination coverage to all children.