Coronavirus Updates: Pfizer to begin testing vaccine on children

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Pfizer will begin administering vaccine to children in trial
The coronavirus vaccine will start being tested in teens this week.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Drugmaker Pfizer says it's planning to start testing its COVID-19 vaccine on children as young as 12.

This will be the first coronavirus vaccine trial to include children in the United States.

The vaccine research center at Cincinnati children's hospital says teens aged 16 and 17 will get the vaccine this week.

Kids between the ages of 12 and 15 will be enrolled in the trial later.

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