Cuba encouraged by early efficacy results of homegrown COVID-19 vaccine – Reuters

A nurse shows a dose of the Soberana-02 COVID-19 vaccine to be utilized in a volunteer as part of Phase III trials of the experimental Cuban vaccine candidate, amidst issues about the spread of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in Havana, Cuba, March 31, 2021. Jorge Luis Banos/Pool through REUTERSHAVANA, June 19 (Reuters) – Cubas Soberana 2 vaccine candidate has actually revealed 62% efficacy with simply two of its 3 dosages, state-run biopharmaceutical corporation BioCubaFarma stated on Saturday, pointing out preliminary data from late stage trials.Cuba, whose biotech sector has exported vaccines for years, has 5 vaccine prospects in clinical trials, of which two – Soberana 2 and Abdala – are in late phase trials.” In a few weeks we should have the outcomes for the efficacy with three dosages which we anticipate will transcend,” said Vicente Vérez, director of the state-run Finlay Vaccine Institute, which developed Soberana 2. The news comes as the Caribbeans biggest island is facing its worst break out considering that the start of the pandemic in the wake of the arrival of more contagious variants, setting brand-new records of day-to-day coronavirus cases.The Communist-run nation has decided not to import foreign vaccines but rather to count on its own. Specialists state it is a dangerous bet but if it pays off, Cuba might burnish its scientific reputation, produce much-needed hard currency through exports and enhance the vaccination drive worldwide.” We understand our government has not had the ability to provide this job all the funding it required, and however this is a result of international standing,” President Miguel Diaz-Canel stated at the discussion of the results on state-run television.Several nations from Argentina and Jamaica to Mexico and Venezuela have revealed an interest in buying Cubas vaccines. Iran began producing Soberana 2 earlier this year as part of late-phase scientific trials.Cubas authorities have actually started administering the speculative vaccines en masse as part of “intervention studies” they hope will slow the spread of the virus.Daily cases have halved in the capital because the start of this vaccination campaign, according to official information, although that might likewise be due to stricter lockdown measures.Reporting by Anett Rios
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