HAVANA, March 24th A new version of the classic song “Lagrimas Negras” (Black Tears) features acclaimed Cuban singer Beatriz Márquez, Read more
HAVANA, March 24th (Reuters) Cuba will administer experimental COVID-19 shots to nearly the entire population of the capital Havana Read more
HAVANA, March 23th A group of Chinese and Cuban scientists are working together to develop a vaccine that seeks to combat new strains of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, official sources from both countries confirmed. Read more
HAVANA, March 22 The spokesman for the parliamentary group Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Read more
HAVANA, March 21st (Reuters) Cuba announced on Sunday it would vaccinate 150,000 frontline workers as part of the final phase of a clinical trial Read more
HAVANA, March 20 According to the official Facebook profile of the Iberostar Parque Central Hotel, whose company made the new and first “Food Truck” in Havana available, Read more
HAVANA, March 20 Without raising excessive noise, on March 1 it was published in the Gaceta de Cuba Resolution 116/2021 by which the Central Bank of Cuba (BCC) modified Etecsa’s license. Read more
HAVANA, March 20th (Reuters) Obama visited Havana in March 2016, the first trip by a U.S. president to Cuba in 88 years. Read more
HAVANA, March 19th (Reuters) Cuba’s drug regulatory authority on Thursday approved a second COVID-19 vaccine candidate for late-stage clinical trials Read more
HAVANA, March 18th A message posted on Antony Stokes’ Twitter account of the United Kingdom Ambassador to Havana. Read more
HAVANA, March 17th International tourism has fallen dramatically in the first two months of 2021 in Cuba. Read more
HAVANA, March 17th (AFP) Cuba will emerge from the April congress of its all-powerful Communist Party without a Castro at the helm for the first time in over 60 years. Read more
HAVANA, Mar. 15, 2021 (Reuters) Cuba has accused the US government of stoking illegal migration by not processing visas in Havana Read more
HAVANA, March 14 The strong smell of sugar and alcohol fills the room, a dark room without windows. Read more
HAVANA, March 13 to carry out a clinical trial in that country in which the efficacy of the formula will be tested, official sources announced this Friday.
The Cuban Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries Business Group (BioCubaFarma) announced on Twitter the sending of the doses “as part of the collaboration with other countries in the development of COVID-19 vaccines.”
Last January, the Finlay Vaccine Institute (IFV) of Havana and the Pasteur Institute of Iran signed an agreement to complement the clinical trials of the potential Soberana 02 vaccine, expected to be in its third and final phase, which is the one that proves the effectiveness of the drug on a large scale.
This candidate began this week in Cuba the last trial phase, which will be carried out in Havana—the area of the island with the highest infection rate—and will involve 44,010 volunteers between 19 and 80 years old.
The director of the IFV, Vicente Vérez, had already advanced days ago on the prospects of testing Soberana 02 in other countries where the pandemic shows “changing scenarios,” so a single phase 3 trial like the one that has just begun in Havana is not enough and it is necessary to have others in areas with different incidence rates.
The scientist pointed out that they were working on agreements with countries and added that they would be made public as they were authorized.
Iran is at the moment the only country with which the island has a signed agreement to do so, although the government of Mexico has indicated that it is open to this possibility.
Soberana 02, for intramuscular application, is a subunit vaccine that combines the virus antigen and tetanus toxoid, and also uses aluminum hydroxide to stimulate the response of the immune system.
During phase three that is taking place in Cuba, two immunization schemes will be tested: one with two doses of Soberana 02 and another with two doses of Soberana 02 and a booster of Soberana Plus, another of the vaccine candidates being investigated by IFV. The third group of volunteers will receive a placebo.
Of the 76 vaccine candidates in the clinical trial phase, there are currently in the world, the Cuban formula is the first of those developed in Latin America to advance to the last stage of testing, and if successful could be the first Latin American COVID-19 vaccine.
The Caribbean country is also investigating four other possible vaccines, one of which, called Abdala and developed by the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), is also approaching the final stretch of clinical trials.
Cuba, which to date has a total of 59,919 cases of COVID-19 and 365 deaths from the disease, has a recognized biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry that currently produces eight vaccines against diseases such as meningitis, lung cancer (therapeutic), and solid tumors, among others.
The Cuban government has bet everything on its own vaccine, since it has not acquired doses in the international market nor is it part of the 33 Latin American countries that have joined the Covax Mechanism, created under the auspices of the World Health Organization to favor equitable access to immunization for low- and middle-income nations.(Oncuba)
HAVANA, March 11th (AFP) Foreign-based Cubans will be allowed to invest in small projects such as rice, orange, and avocado plantations, Read more
HAVANA, March 10 Cuban David Fernández Rivas has been chosen as one of the three finalists for the Prince Friso Prize for Engineering awarded by the European Union Read more
HAVANA, March 7 (EFE) The vice president of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, will make a working visit to Cuba on Monday, Read more
HAVANA, March 7th Sandro Castro is almost bursting with pride: “Film that, Mommy, so that you can see it eating up the street,” he calls out to his companion. Read more
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