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We must vaccinate children to contain the transmission and the emergence of new variants, affirms the infectologist

Publicado em: 01/01/1970

Based on scientific evidence, countries like China, Chile, Ecuador, Indonesia, Camboja and Colombia are already immunizing children against Covid-19. For the infectologist Dr. Natasha Ferreira, from the Serrana State Hospital, after the immunization of the eldery and adult population, and of the group considered of higher risk, the other age groups must be included into the immunization plan so they can also be protected and to stop the advance of the coronavirus.

“It is a risk to keep such a great number of our population without immunization. The children and teenagers, besides being exposed, they become a vector. The more the virus spreads, even in light cases, the bigger the chance of  mutations and other variants to emerge that may be resistant to the vaccine. We must begin vaccinating children the fastest that we can to guarantee the safety of us all”, alerts Natasha.

The theme was the subject of the discussion table that happened this Wednesday (8) after the closure of the discussions this morning during the CoronaVac Symposium.

According to the director of the research quality control and development from Butantan, Patrícia Carneiro, the institute is already in contact with the National Agency of Sanitary Vigilance (Anvisa) to request again the authorization to apply CoronaVac on children under 12 years of age.

“We will present a new document with data of vaccination from Chile and China, that have already used the immunizing in over 63 million of children. The results proves the safety and immunogenicity of the vaccine on the group age from 3 to 18 years of age”, emphasized.

The need  to vaccinate children was also brought up in a video statement sent by the journalist Rita Lisauskas and broadcasted during the discussion tables.

Also participated in the discussions, the director of strategic projects from Butantan, Cintia Lucci, and the director of innovation, Ana Marisa Chudzinski Tavassi.