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4 Your Health: Pharmaceutical companies pledge to uphold scientific standards in coronavirus vaccine

(NBC News)- A new study suggests that hospitalization rates are similar in children who have COVID-19 and the flu.

Researchers looked at more than 1,700 children who were either diagnosed with COVID-19 or the flu.

The experts say there was no "statistically significant differences" in hospitalization rates, ICU admission or being put on a ventilator between the two groups.

However, children with COVID-19 were also more likely to report having a fever, cough, diarrhea, body aches compared to those with the flu.

Top pharmaceutical companies pledge to uphold scientific standards in coronavirus vaccine

Some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world have pledged that they will uphold scientific standards in the pursuit of a coronavirus vaccine.

The joint pledge was signed by the CEOs of nine companies, including Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.

The CEO of Pfizer said that the companies will only submit for FDA authorization when they have evidence of the vaccine's safety and efficacy.

He also says there is a chance that phase three data for Pfizer's vaccine candidate may be known by the end of October.

The FDA said that any vaccine must prove that it is at least 50 percent effective.

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