A group of scientists led by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian reported that the Moderna mRNA vaccine and a protein-based vaccine candidate elicited durable neutralizing antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2 in pre-clinical research. There were no adverse effects.
The research, published in Science Immunology, suggests that vaccines for young children are likely important, safe tools to curtail the pandemic.
The co-senior authors of the paper are Dr. Kristina De Paris, professor of microbiology and immunology at the UNC School of Medicine, and Dr. Sallie Permar , chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine. Co-first authors are Dr. Carolina Garrido at Duke University and Dr. Alan Curtis at UNC-Chapel Hill.