LA HAVANA, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - Cubawill seek approval from the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday for three COVID-19 vaccines, according to the state-owned company that produces them, as it begins administering mass injections to all -petits.
Rolando Perez Rodriguez, director of research and development at BioCubaFarma, made the announcement during a discussion broadcast by media from 'Report Tuesday night on a vaccination campaign that aims to vaccinate over 90% of the population by November.
"There is already had some exchanges in Havana and at the Geneva office, "said Perez. "Now begins a procedure and exchange to assess the documentation provided.
The communist-ruled Caribbean island vaccinates its population with One of the fastest rates in the world with local drugs Abdala, Soberana-2 and Soberana Plus, all licensed for use inemergency by local regulators amid a wave of Delta variants that have strained its healthcare system.
Cuba is the only country in the Caribbean to have developed its own vaccine against the virus. More than 65% of Cubans have currently received at least one injection and 37% have been fully immunized with three injections, according to the health ministry.
The country claims its vaccines are over 90% effective and initial results are similar to other leading vaccines, dramatically reducing transmission, serious illness and death, although critics have complained that these results have not yet been peer reviewed.
The vaccination campaign includes children as young as two with toddlers across the country which should receive the first of the two vaccines from Thursday, hassaid Dr Maria Elena Soto, head of the Ministry of Public Health, on the same broadcast, to become the first in the world under the age of six to be mass vaccinated.
The vaccines are based on traditional technology used to immunize young children for decades, compared to newer genetically modified vaccines, giving them proven safety " The pedigree "in addition to clinical trials, said Cuban society and local health officials.
Over the past week, Cuba has averaged around 7,500 cases per day and nearly 80 deaths, down significantly from a month ago but still one of the highest rates in the world in terms of cases per 100,000 population. About 20% of cases have been recorded in people under the age of 20.
The country suffers from shortages of everything from new toWriting and drugs to parts and inputs for electricity plants and agriculture, due to the shutdown of the tourism industry, severe US sanctions and its own inefficiencies.
He hopes to tame the disease in time for the tourist season, which begins in November, and to export the vaccines.
Soberana-2 is already produced in Iran, and Vietnam says it could buy and produce Abdala.
Mexico, which will host Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel later this week and a regional summit this weekend focused on the pandemic, has said it wants produce the drugs.
Perez said on Tuesday night's broadcast that Cuba will export the vaccines after meeting local needs and that the WHO approval would help open up new market opportunities international. "
Cuba claims to have the capacity to produce 100 million vaccines per year, of which at least 30 million would be needed at home. Report by Marc Frank; Editing by Steve Orlofsky
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