New Delhi: The local government announced on Monday that Cuba has started vaccinating children as young as two years old, with the country-developed COVID-19 vaccines.
AFP reported that these vaccines – Abdala and Sobrana – have not yet been recognized by the World Health Organization. Clinical trials were conducted on minors before its use was approved in the country.
Cuba is the first country in the world to vaccinate children from the age of two. The report said the country of 11.2 million people aims to vaccinate all children before reopening schools, which have mostly been closed since March 2020.
Most Cuban homes do not have internet. Education is being imparted through television programs in the country. The government has announced that schools will gradually reopen in October and November this year, but only after all children have been vaccinated.
Cuban vaccines use recombinant protein technology
Cuba launched its vaccination campaign for children last week, starting with children 12 years of age and older. On Monday it started covering 2-11 age group.
Vaccination for children above has begun in several other countries, and trials are underway to cover younger children. On Monday, Chile approved Chinese Sinovac for children aged 6-12.
Cuba’s Kovid-19 vaccines have not received any international or scientific peer-reviewed, AFP reports.
The report said that the first vaccines to be developed in Latin America are based on ‘recombinant protein technology’. The same technology was also used for the US’s Novavax and France’s Sanofi shots, and they are also awaiting WHO approval.
Recombinant vaccines do not require extreme refrigeration.
The active caseload currently in Cuba is 38,092, while the total number of cases is 704,675. It has seen a huge spike in cases in the last few months. Of the total 5,881 deaths recorded since the start of the pandemic, nearly half occurred in the past month alone.
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