The Medical University of South Carolina’s Department of Pediatrics is one of approximately 100 pediatric centers in the world selected to participate in a Moderna vaccine study of children. The trial will include around 6,500 children between the ages of six months and 12 years, and aims to determine if the Moderna vaccine is safe and effective for this age group.

During the first phase of the trial, which will start in March, doctors will give a small amount of the vaccine to 10% of the trial group so study coordinators can determine the correct dose. Once the dose is set, 75% of participants will be administered with the Moderna vaccine, and 25% will receive a placebo.

State health officials announced another 896 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. According to DHEC, South Carolina has had 438,861 cases of COVID-19 and 7,460 deaths.

Out of 16,333 tests reported today, 8.8% were positive for the coronavirus.