The Cuban Vaccine Mystery: Drop in Reported COVID-19 Cases Boosts Hope

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June 17. Coronavirus infections have halved in Havana since authorities started administering Cuba’s experimental vaccines en masse in the capital a month ago, official data shows, raising hopes about their efficacy even as cases increase nationwide.

The cash-strapped country, which has a reputed state-run biotech sector, has declined to import vaccines but still hopes to be among the first in the region to have vaccinated its whole population by year-end.

Cuba has five experimental shots in various stages of clinical trials, with two in late phase trials already being administered en masse to the population in intervention studies – in particular in Havana, one of the worst-hit areas.

Cases in the capital have halved over the past month from a peak of around 800 per day, which officials have suggested is due to both the vaccines and tighter restrictions on gatherings and movement.

Around 4.5% of Cuba’s 11 million inhabitants have received all three doses required for the country’s two most advanced vaccine candidates, Abdala and Soberana 2, state-run media reported this week.

State-run biopharmaceutical corporation BioCubaFarma has talked about the potential for exporting the vaccines once the entire population is vaccinated.

Source: Reuters

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