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Cuba approves self-developed Covid-19 vaccine Abdala

Abdala is the first vaccine against the coronavirus to be developed and approved in Latin America
28 June 2021, Venezuela, Caracas: A vial of Cuba's Corona vaccine Abdala at a Venezuelan vaccination center. The first shipment of vaccine from Cuba is expected to provide an initial dose to 10000 people in Venezuela, according to Cuban authorities. Photo: Jesus Vargas/dpa
A vial of Cuba's Corona vaccine Abdala at a Venezuelan vaccination center. Photo: Jesus Vargas/dpa.
Cuba has granted emergency approval to its self-developed Covid-19 vaccine Abdala.

The vaccine showed an effectiveness of 92.28% in test phase three, the state-run Centre for the Control of Medicines and Medical Devices (Cecmed) announced at the weekend.

This makes Abdala the first vaccine against the coronavirus to be developed and approved in Latin America.

"A light at the end of the tunnel in this long race against the pandemic," President Miguel Diaz-Canel wrote on Twitter.

It is true that Cuba has a lot of experience in developing vaccines. So far, however, the results of the Abdala study have not been independently verified.

Other vaccines

Abdala is a so-called subunit vaccine made from processed proteins of the pathogen. Three doses are administered for full vaccination protection.

Besides Abdala, Cuba is currently developing other vaccines against Covid-19, including the vaccine Soberana 02.

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