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Embarazadas y menores no serían vacunados contra la Covid-19 en Panamá, debido a la falta de estudios clínicos

Pregnant women and minors would not be vaccinated against Covid-19 in Panama, due to the lack of clinical studies

Most of the pharmaceutical companies that develop a vaccine against Covid-19 have not included minors and pregnant women in their clinical studies and therefore these groups would be left out of the vaccination in Panama.
This was explained by Itzel Slocum de Hewitt, general coordinator of the Expanded Immunization Program of the Ministry of Health, who reiterated that children were not included in the clinical trials of the vaccines.

Slocum de Hewitt emphasized that there have not been studies of vaccines among pregnant women, therefore, it would be contraindicated to include them in vaccination against Covid-19.

In Panama, a total of 900 pregnant women have been infected with Covid-19, of which six have died throughout the country.

Vaccination against Covid-19 in the country would begin, if the vaccine arrives, between February and March 2021.

Pharmaceutical Pfizer was the first to announce that its vaccine was 95% effective against the virus.

Later, the Moderna company announced that its vaccine would be 94.5% effective against Covid-19.

In addition, the Pfizer / BioNTech alliance assured Wednesday that its own vaccine is effective among those over 65 years of age.

The topic of vaccination divides opinions: some believe that it's beginning of an end to Covid-19, others are more skeptical, as the testing period for the vaccines has been very short, which leaves plenty of room for questioning the safety of any vaccine against Covid-19.
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