The administration of Soberana 02 to more than 150,000 persons

Cuba will vaccinate its entire population against COVID-19 in 2021
Dr. Eduardo Martínez, president of the BioCubaFarma state pharmaceutical enterprise group, reports that work is advancing to expand production capacity of Cuba’s candidate vaccine Soberana 02

Author: Nuria Barbosa León | internet@granma.cu
Author: Juan Diego Nusa Peñalver | internet@granma.cu
january 26, 2021 10:01:39

The BioCubaFarma enterprise group is adjusting capacity to make possible the administration of Soberana 02 to more than 150,000 persons, while a new clinical trial with children has been launched, as more steps are taken along the path to vaccinating the entire population.

Photo: BioCubaFarma
Cuba’s national public health system is waging a hard battle against the new coronavirus, sparing no effort and overcoming physical and intellectual fatigue.

The Party and government’s strong political will has made this possible, along with the impressive work of our scientists who have again reiterated that Cuba will be among the first countries in the world to vaccinate its entire population in 2021, despite the tightening of the U.S. blockade of the island over the past 12 months, stated Dr. Eduardo Martínez Díaz, president of the BioCubaFarma state pharmaceutical enterprise group, on his Twitter account.

The general director of the Finlay Vaccine Institute, Dr. Vicente Vérez Bencomo, has reported that the country is preparing capacity to produce 100 million doses of the injectable Soberana 02 vaccine against COVID-19.

Regarding this announcement, Dr. María Eugenia Toledo Romaní, epidemiologist at the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK), condemned the escalating sanctions imposed by the United States which have a negative impact on the effort to expand capacity toward this end, stating, “If we are obliged to purchase new machinery and erect more plants, this is extremely difficult given the limitations we face in acquiring the technologies.”

This is why BioCubaFarma is taking advantage of its international experience to sign agreements with other countries that can help with the needed resources and allow the project to advance.

Dr. Toledo additionally explained, “To conduct a Phase 3 clinical study of efficacy, in which we show that vaccinated subjects are less likely to become ill than those who were not vaccinated, we must measure this aspect and then make comparisons to find the necessary statistical evidence to finally determine that the candidate vaccine is no less effective than others on the world market.

SPARING NO EFFORT

Currently underway on the island is a Phase 2b expanded clinical trial

of the candidate vaccine Soberana 02 in persons between 19 and 80 years of age, in the Havana municipalities of La Lisa and Plaza de la Revolución.

Dr. Mayra García Carmenate, research coordinator at the 19 de Abril neighborhood polyclinic, explained that the site was selected for the trials because the facility has met the standard prerequisite of systematically adhering to “best practices,” and has participated in several months of training to prepare staff members involved and subjects who will receive either the vaccine or a placebo.

After administration of the vaccine, participants will remain under observation for one hour to evaluate any adverse side effects and will be actively monitored via out-patient follow up visits for a period of 28 days. If any reaction should occur, the subject is to immediately return to the clinic where a 24-hour medical post will be maintained to evaluate the situation and, if necessary, transfer the subject to the appropriate public health facility.

Dr. García noted that the community’s population is very enthusiastic and many have made their way to the clinic to volunteer. They have confidence in Cuba’s public health system and those selected are proud of their participation and the fact that their neighborhood was chosen for this type of clinical trial, she said, adding “None of those chosen during the recruitment have declined to sign the informed consent agreement.”

Volunteers and technical personnel alike are confident that Cuban science will defeat COVID-19 with intelligence and dedication.

Cuba readies 100 million doses of anti-COVID vaccine

Cuba readies 100 million doses of anti-COVID vaccine
Finlay Vaccine Institute director, Dr. Vicente Vérez Bencomo, reports that Cuba is creating capacity to produce 100 million doses of the Soberana 02 vaccine

Miguel Febles Hernándezjanuary 22, 2021 08:01:51


Photo: ACN
The general director of the Finlay Vaccine Institute, Vicente Vérez Bencomo, announced, at a press conference with accredited foreign agencies in attendance, that Cuba is creating capacity to produce 100 million doses of the Soberana 02 injectable vaccine against COVID-19.

He reiterated that the objective is to satisfy the needs of the country and also those of other nations interested in acquiring the vaccine, which thus far include Vietnam, Iran, Venezuela, Pakistan and India. In the case of our country, he clarified, administration will be free of cost, with the intention of immunizing the entire population this year.

“Cuba’s strategy to market the vaccine has a combined goal of serving humanity and impacting global health. We are not a multinational, with the financial objective as the number one motivation. Our aim is to create more health,” said Vérez Bencomo, Prensa Latina reported.

The Soberana 02 vaccine began extended Phase II clinical trials this week, increasing participation to 900 volunteers between 19 and 80 years of age, while in February a new investigation with the pediatric population will be conducted.

Dr. Vérez explained that after the results of this stage are analyzed, a third phase will follow. During this period, health authorities plan to include 150,000 at persons in vulnerable groups and residents of high-risk areas.

What do you know what terrorism against Cuba?

What do you know what terrorism against Cuba?
Terrorist acts against Cuba have taken 3,478 lives and caused 2,099 disabling injuries

Author: Miguel Cruz | informacion@granmai.cu
january 20, 2021 09:01:55

A vigil honoring victims of terrorism against Cuba.

Photo: Jorge Luis González
Standing before a powerful photograph of an interminable line of devastated but strong Cubans paying their respects to the 73 people killed in an act of terrorism, in October of 1976, on a civilian aircraft which was downed by a bomb placed aboard by paid assassins, who later lived and died unperturbed in the United States, I ask the U.S. government: Do you know what terrorism is?

Recalling the frightened face of my mother, in the summer of 1981, living in fear that one of her sons would be added to the list of children who died from hemorrhagic dengue, the most lethal epidemic Cuba had seen since the triumph of the Revolution, with no knowledge of where it came from – later to be well understood – or how to treat it, I ask the U.S. government: Do you know what terrorism is?

Moved by the painful memory of Granma’s front page in January of 1992, bearing a photo of the riddled bodies of four Interior Ministry guards protecting the maritime base at Tarará, the victims of a group of brutal terrorists bent on making use of the Cuban Adjustment Act, I ask the U.S. government: Do you know what terrorism is?

Impressed by the unforgettable words of Giustino Di Celmo, who in a pained voice uttered a phrase that came from the depths of his soul, “Nothing can be painful than the death of a son and even more so when it is caused by a violent, cruel act,” confronting the terrible reality that a bomb in the Copacabana Hotel detonated by terrorists financed from the North, had taken the smile of his dear

Fabiucho, I ask the U.S. government: Do you know what terrorism is?

The U.S. government has no shame

Events reveal that imperialism has no shame
The U.S. government’s designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism serves as another resounding confirmation of how imperialism lies whenever it serves their purpose

Author: Dilbert Reyes Rodríguez | | informacion@granma.cu
january 19, 2021 10:01:46


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The announcement made by the United States government of its designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, serves as another resounding confirmation of how imperialism uses lies whenever it serves their purposes, be they political, economic, or of any other nature.

The infamous decision was condemned on Twitter by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, who described it as cynical and hypocritical.

“The political opportunism behind this action is recognized by all who are honestly concerned about the scourge of terrorism and its victims,” stated Rodríguez, also a member of the Communist Party of Cuba’s Political Bureau.

The serious accusation made by the Trump administration further discredits its immoral foreign policy, precisely at a time when the country is experiencing its open disregard for human life.

The country’s leaders who have arrogantly mounted this farce are, at the same time, promoting political extremism and encouraging armed protesters to storm public institutions; subordinating the population’s health to the market, in times of pandemic, exposing citizens to infection and death; selectively murdering, beyond the borders of their nation, those they consider enemies; and abstaining in complicit silence from condemning the assault rifle attack on the Washington embassy of the country they now shamelessly accuse of terrorism and attempt to subjugate with a blockade, using hunger and hardship to force a surrender.

The United States, the world’s most violent terrorist, describes as a state sponsor of such brutality the nation that send doctors around the world to contribute to saving lives in the battle against COVID-19. The facts reveal that imperialism has no shame.