KOMPAS.com – Positive cases of Covid-19 in Indonesia continue to creep up. Another fact that is even more concerning is that some of the current positive cases of Covid-19 are mostly children.
Chairman of the Central Board of the Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI), Prof. Aman Bhakti Pulungan, said cases of Covid-19 in children in the country rose by 11-12 percent.
In fact, during the pandemic, the number of deaths of children under five increased by 50 percent or there were 1,000 deaths in children every week.
Responding to this, the Epidemiologist of Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Yogyakarta, Citra Indriani explained, actually from the beginning children have a risk of being infected with SARS-CoV-2.
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Positive cases of Covid-19 in children
According to him, in the DIY province itself, the first cases of Covid-19 were in children. However, at the beginning of the pandemic, existing knowledge about infection with this virus in children indicated that the symptoms were moderate to severe.
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“Our knowledge is not yet complete for this virus, so it is still developing. Moreover, the virus also undergoes mutations and causes changes in its character,” said Citra as quoted from the UGM page, Friday (25/6/2021).
Citra admits that the current vaccine is not recommended to be given to children.
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Vaccines for children are not yet a global priority
This is because all vaccines must be tested prior to use for their efficacy. Does it provide benefits or not, even in an emergency condition.
“At this time, we are still waiting for the results of clinical trials in groups of children, before we can give them to children,” explained Citra.
Although there is already a vaccine that has been recommended by WHO SAGE (Strategic Advisory Group of Experts) for those over 12 years old, namely Pfizer/Biontech. However, so far, children have not become a global priority.
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