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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Cincinnati Children's Running COVID Vaccine Trial For Kids

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Katelyn Evans was the first adolescent to get an injection as part of the Pfizer COVID-19 clinical trial at Cincinnati Children’s. ";

As more and more Americans qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine, one age group not yet approved is children. But clinical trials are underway testing the efficacy of the vaccine among youth. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has been testing patients as young as 12 years old.

Oxford-Astra Zeneca announced in February it would begin trials on children as young as six. Then in late February, Johnson & Johnson announced its plans to test its COVID-19 vaccine on infants.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss the Cincinnati Children's vaccine trial are Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Vaccine Research Center Director Dr. Robert Frenck; and a patient in the trial, 14-year-old Audrey. 

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.