Independent experts considered that it is possible that the Cuban scientific pole has a vaccine in development and stressed that the island has the possibility of mass manufacturing it
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Havana.-Cuba works on the development of its own vaccine to combat the new coronavirus while negotiating with Russia the manufacture on the island of the recorded by the scientists of that Eurasian nation.
« There are several countries that are working … Our country is working with vaccine candidates, » Cuban Epidemiology chief Francisco Durán said Wednesday during his daily appearance, also pointing out that Moscow scientists are in contact with their island counterparts from the Finlay Institute. .
Durán’s comments were added to reports from official media that released statements by Cuban experts about the development of four possible vaccines, one of them well advanced in trial tests.
« I am sure they will succeed, » said President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Twitter, encouraging the Cuban researchers.
Independent experts considered that it is possible that the Cuban scientific pole has a vaccine in development and stressed that the island has the possibility of mass manufacturing it.
« Cuba produces almost 80% of the vaccines consumed by the National Immunization Program, the country’s vaccine production capacity. There is the Finlay Institute and there is a large area of technological innovation, « the director of the Pan American Health Organization on the island, the Chilean José Moya, explained in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
The Finlay Institute is a state scientific center dedicated to the research and production of vaccines that is located in Havana.
« I wouldn’t be surprised if Cuba is moving forward with a vaccine proposal, « added the manager, who indicated that he has scheduled a meeting in the coming days with island scientists to learn about the issue.
Meanwhile, from Moscow it was reported that Cuba It is among the countries that could co-produce the Sputnik V vaccine developed by Russian scientists and whose announcement caused quite a stir this week.
The vaccine presented in Russia it has yet to be validated in a third phase of trials to be considered fully appropriate.
The World Health Organization stated that all potential vaccines – there is real competition between laboratories and governments around the world – must complete this final testing procedure before being distributed.
Experts warned that vaccines that don’t complete tests can be harmful in a number of ways, from negatively impacting health to creating a false sense of security.
« Cuba it has excellent capabilities for manufacturing vaccines. We are discussing the launch of production with several Cuban companies, we believe that Cuba it may become one of the key centers for vaccine production, « said Kirill Dmitriev, director of the investment fund that financed the Moscow Gamaleya laboratory project, according to a dispatch from Russia’s Sputnik agency.
Cuba, which had managed to contain the spread of COVID-19, reported an outbreak in recent weeks for which it ordered a setback in the gradual opening process arranged in June.
So far on the island, 3,128 infections and 88 deaths from the new coronavirus have been reported and more than 300,000 diagnostic tests have been carried out.
Although some work centers were opened in June and July, classes across the country and public transport in the capital remain suspended and borders closed, except for nationals. There are also no commercial flights.