Coronavirus: Moderna to begin testing vaccine in children

Pharmaceutical company Moderna said Wednesday it will begin testing its vaccine in children.

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The study will include 3,000 children aged 12 to 17 years old, The New York Times reported. Half will be given two shots of a vaccine four weeks apart and the others a placebo of salt water.

However, the trial is not yet accepting volunteers, Colleen Hussey, a Moderna spokeswoman, told the Times. A link to active test centers could become active Monday.

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