England’s deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van-Tam has announced that several trials are currently under way to develop vaccines for children.
Professor Van-Tam said that “several” trials are being conducted and that it is “perfectly possible” that there will be vaccines available for children by then of the year.
He told ITV News, “I believe most of the major manufacturers are now starting to turn their attention to whether we can do some clinical trials to prove that our vaccines are safe and effective in children.
“I know several [trials] are now under way looking at basically the kind of teenage group, and it is perfectly possible that we will have some licensed children’s vaccines for COVID-19 by the end of the year.
“It is perfectly possible, but not assured.”
This comes as Boris Johnson told the House of Commons on Wednesday during PMQs that people will be likely required to receive a booster jab by the end of autumn.
“I think we’re going to have to get used to the idea of vaccinating and then revaccinating in the autumn, as we come to face these new variants,” he told MPs.