Havana, Sep 6 (Prensa Latina) In what is believed to be a world's first, Cuba has outlined plans to vaccinate its childhood population between the ages of two to eighteen against the deadly SARS CoV-2 Coronavirus which that country has engaged in an all out battle. This has resulted in the country developing five vaccine candidates in its war against the deadly virus.
Cuba has becomethe first country in the world to start a Covid-19 vaccination campaign in the pediatric population aged 2-11, the BioCubaFarma business group said in Havana on Monday.
Esta aprobación constituye una paso importante en la estrategia de vacunación de la población cubana y es el resultado integrado de varias instituciones de #BioCubaFarma y del país. Felicitaciones para estos colectivos. #CubaEsCiencia #PonleCorazón pic.twitter.com/gX0ES449X5— BioCubaFarma (@BioCubaFarma) September 4, 2021
Cuba began vaccinating this age group on Sunday, and saw some 59 vaccination centers being set up in central Cienfuegos province, including 19 in the provincial capital.
Cuban health authorities informed that during this month, all Cuban children aged 2-18 will be vaccinated with the first dose. They will have the complete scheme (three shots) by November, which is essential to start face-to-face classes.
These children will be vaccinated with two doses of the Soberana 02 vaccine, plus a Soberana Plus booster, every 28 days. Both vaccines were developed by the Finlay Vaccines Institute and have showed 91.2-percent efficacy against the symptomatic disease in the Phase III trials.
The country's aim is that the entire Covid-19 vaccine-eligible population will be on the immunization scheme with at least one dose by September, and 92.6 percent of the population will have received the three doses by November.
Cuban children between 11 and 18 years of age will receive the first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine in the next few days to be immunized against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, experts reported on Monday.
The process, which started this month as part of a national strategy, will be divided in groups, giving priority to students, Maria Elena Soto, head of the primary healthcare group at the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), said at a press conference on television.
The aim is to protect children to resume the in-person classes, Soto insisted. The second group includes children from 2 to 10 years of age.
The expert described the process as rigorous and extremely careful, in accordance to good clinical practices, in which work is done together with the Ministry of Education to make lists, and define the vaccination centers, since some schools have become immunization centers for children.
When assessing the vaccination campaign in the rest of the country, Soto noted that September will be decisive to start the Covid-19 vaccination in the provinces that have not started this stage yet, Soto added.
Cuba kicked off its immunization campaign against the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus in May with vaccine candidates, which later became vaccines, and some 14,672,062 doses have been administered so far nationwide.