Communist-ruled Cuba is going through its worst economic crisis in decades. And yet the island may be on its way to becoming the world’s smallest country to develop its own coronavirus vaccines. Jowharreports.
Cuba’s economic crisis is so severe that the country is currently facing a shortage of essential goods such as rice and paracetamol. But it could be a success story in the fight against Covid-19, as two of the 23 coronavirus vaccines in the final stages of testing around the world are Cuban.
Cuba began vaccinating tens of thousands of healthcare workers with a second Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, although it has not yet completed clinical trials.
Last week, Cuba began vaccinating 150,000 healthcare professionals with its Soberana 2 vaccine, which is still in the third phase of clinical trials.
“To have our sovereignty, we must have our vaccine. In nine months, we evolved from an idea to a vaccine that would be put into phase three clinical trials,” said Vincente Verez of Cuba’s Finlay Health Institute, describing the speed in the country. jab development as “incredible”.
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