Cuba begins giving homemade vaccinations to 2-year-old children


Cuba announced on September 13 that it will begin its own COVID-19 vaccination for children up to the age of two, even though the vaccine has not yet been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The announcement will be made through the Cuban state media and the country aims to inoculate at least 90 percent of the population. Voice of America..

About 38.7 percent of Cuba’s population is fully vaccinated, with about 4.39 million people. Over 64% of the population has been vaccinated at least once. According to government data.

However, in communist countries, the number of coronavirus infections has increased in recent months, and the incidence of COVID-19 is one of the highest in the world.

In August alone, it recorded a record high of 268,259 new cases and 2,545 deaths. Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center, I’m tracking a pandemic.

“The number of coronavirus infections outbreaks in pediatric populations in Cuba in recent months has been alarming,” said Health Minister Jose Angel Portal Miranda. Editorial It was posted on the official government news site Cubadebate earlier this month. “I’m very worried that the number of babies who test positive for COVID-19 is increasing every day.”

According to the Minister of Health, 117,500 minors have been diagnosed with COVID-19 throughout the pandemic. More than 7,660 of those babies were under one year old.

Health ministers reported that 58 children under the age of 1 were infected with COVID-19 throughout 2020, a figure that rose to 84 between February 1 and 15, 2021. rice field.

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Dr. Amanda Polo, a pediatrician at the Miami Children’s Hospital, said Sophie Burkin’s vaccination was due to her mother Gabriel Burkin hugging her when she visited the Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida on January 28, 2015. Inoculate 4. (Joe Measles / Getty Images)

He is still in research to determine how the virus affects minors, but children under the age of one are more seriously ill with the virus than older children. He added that it indicates that the risk may be high.

The country said the first result was that homemade vaccines, Abdala and Soberana-2, with some of the world’s top vaccines such as Pfizer-BioNTech and Modana in that they reduce infection rates, serious illnesses, and mortality. He said he showed similarities.

However, both have been approved by local regulators that rely on limited clinical data on efficacy tested in 350 minors between the ages of 3 and 18, but international peer reviews are still available. I have not received it. Chronicle report.

Nonetheless, the Cuban government has sent children to school because most Cuban homes do not have access to the Internet and children have relied on television learning since March 2020, when the school was closed. VOA says he is eager to bring it back.

Children between the ages of 2 and 18 are vaccinated with Soberana-2 vaccine, and adults are vaccinated with Abdala. Both vaccinations require two vaccinations and a third booster vaccination.

At a video conference hosted by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, Dr. Vicente Verez Bencomo, director of the Finlay Institute, said: “We are immunizing our children, so we are approaching the point where community immunity is established.”

Catabella Roberts


Katabella Roberts is a reporter currently based in Turkey. She focuses primarily on the United States and covers the news and business of The Epoch Times.