HAVANA, September 15 (Hfrance.fr) - Cuba will ask the World Health Organization (WHO) approving three COVID-19 vaccines, according to the state-owned company that produces them, even as it begins administering mass injections to toddlers.
Rolando Perez Rodriguez, director of research and development at BioCubaFarma, made the announcement during a discussion broadcast by state media on Tuesday evening on a vaccination campaign that aims to vaccinate more than 90% of the population by November.
"There have already been exchanges in La Havana and in the Geneva office, "said Perez.
" Now begins a procedure and an exchange to assess the documentation.entation provided, "he added.
The communist-ruled Caribbean island is currently vaccinating its population at one of the rates fastest in the world with local drugs Abdala, Soberana-2 and Soberana Plus, all cleared for emergency use by local regulators amid a surge caused by Delta variants that strained her health system.
The country is the only one in the region to develop a vaccine against the virus.
Cuba 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dramatically reducing transmission, serious illness and death, although critics have complained that these results have not yet been peer reviewed.
Immunization campaign includes childrennts as young as two with Toddlers across the country are expected to receive the first of two vaccines starting Thursday, said Dr Maria Elena Soto, head of the Department of Public Health, on the same broadcast, thus becoming the first in the world under the age of six to be immunized en masse.
The vaccines are based on traditional platforms used to immunize young children for decades , compared to the new genetically modified children, giving them a proven safety "pedigree" in addition to clinical trials, the Cuban company and local health officials said.
Cuban parents are desperate to get their children back to school after months of home schooling, a prospect again postponed until September.
Over the past week, Cuba recorded an average of 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, with around 20% fewer 20 years old. Report by Marc Frank; Edited by Steve Orlofsky
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