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No evidence to prove children will be most vulnerable in COVID third wave: AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria

The virus has not changed much since its inception according to Guleria and thus will not specifically impact the children.

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Dr Randeep Guleria (ANI)

New Delhi: All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director, Randeep Guleria on Monday (May 24) said that there was no evidence to determine that children would be the most vulnerable in the third wave of COVID-19. Guleria said that in both the wave the data shows that children get less infected.

He added that children even if infected had mild symptoms. The virus has not changed much since its inception according to Guleria and thus will not specifically impact the children.

The doctor added that there was no evidence to suggest that the next wave will specifically target children.

He also said that people who are propagating the theory say that since children did not get infected in the first two wave they will be more vulnerable in the third wave which does not have any scientific backing.

Meanwhile Bharat Biotech on Monday announced that it will start clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin on children from June.

Raches Ella, Head-Business Development and International Advocacy of Bharath Biotech, recently in a virtual conversation with members of FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), Hyderabad, on “All About Vaccines”, said no vaccine offers 100 per cent protection.

With inputs from PTI