Not even The New York Times can ignore Cuba’s notorious self-sufficiency in vaccination against COVID-19 ›World› Granma

A tweet from the Finlay Vaccine Institute draws attention to the fact. “The New York Times recognizes #Cuba as the only country in the world to vaccinate children as young as 2 years old against # COVID19. He added that Cuba’s self-sufficiency in vaccination against # COVID19 is notorious considering the inequality in vaccination in the world, ”the scientific institution published.

Under the title Cuba expects to achieve “complete immunization” with homegrown vaccines by December 31, 2021, the US newspaper highlights the achievements of the Cuban medical and scientific communities, highlighted by the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, during the General Debate of the 76th Ordinary Period of Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly.

As part of his speech, quoted by The New York Times, the Cuban Head of State addressed the colossal challenges of the nation, heavily besieged by the United States, but capable of responding to the international emergency caused by the pandemic – and guided by its profound solidarity and humanistic vocation— with the dispatch of more than 4,900 collaborators, organized in 57 medical brigades, to 40 countries and territories affected by COVID-19.

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He also pointed out the pride in the Cuban scientific community that, amid enormous deficiencies, created three vaccines and two vaccine candidates against COVID-19, which has made it possible that in the first 10 days of September more than 15 had been administered. 8 million doses of the vaccines Abdala, Soberana 02 and Soberana Plus, and 37.8% of the Cuban population had completed the vaccination scheme.

“We aspire to total immunization of the population by the end of 2021, which will allow us to advance in the fight against the outbreak of the pandemic,” added the president.

The New York Times, in this regard, published that “Cuba’s supposed self-sufficiency in vaccination against COVID-19 is notorious in the panorama of inequality in vaccination throughout the world, where most of the vaccine doses made up to now they have gone to the richest nations, while many people in the poorer countries have. yet to receive their first doses.

He also stressed that this month, Cuba began vaccinating children as young as two years old against the coronavirus, making it the only country that so far has vaccinated people of that age.

As part of the confrontation with COVID-19 in the Greater Antilles, the vaccination process, which already covers the entire national territory, has been defined by the country’s leadership as one of the most important tasks of the present.

In this sense, the beginning of vaccination in pediatric ages constitutes an important step forward in the protection against COVID-19 of this vulnerable population group, which has been possible, due to the work sustained for years in pediatric platforms.

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The Finlay Vaccine Institute has specified that the vaccination schedule for this group is with a cycle of 0; 28 and 56 days, and bet on the maturation of the immune response and the generation of immunological memory.

The first official exchange between Cuban experts and the World and Pan American Health Organization (WHO / PAHO) to discuss issues related to vaccines developed in our country against the disease caused by SARS-COV-2, took place on 16 September, in virtual format.


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