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UNESCO Praises Cuba’s Leading Role in Developing COVID-19 Vaccines

Havana, Sept 15 (ACN) The United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization, UNESCO, issued a report entitled “COVID-19 and Vaccination in Latin America and the Caribbean: Challenges, Needs and Opportunities,” which acknowledges Cuba’s leading role in this region in the development of vaccines against SARS-CoV-2.

The report, posted on the UNESCO webpage (available in Spanish), reads that some countries are making significant efforts in the research and development of vaccines against the virus causing the COVID-19 and mentions the relevant initiatives by Brazil, Cuba and Mexico.

The tree Latin American nations are among the first 20 world producers of vaccines to fight different diseases, the report notes, and also acknowledges the development of the Cuban vaccines soberana 01, Soberana 02, Soberana Plus, Abdala and Mambisa, with three of them already on emergency use as approved by the island’s regulatory authority.

The Cuban Biotech industry includes over 30 research institutes and manufacture companies under the BioCubaFarma conglomerate. The sector has registered 1 438 patents abroad and its products –vaccines, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment—are registered and being marketed in over 50 nations, the UNESCO reports explains.

The United Nations, UNESCO and several human rights organizations have called to consider the vaccine a public and universal asset and to guarantee equitable, affordable and on-time access to the antidote. They have also insisted in the need to advance scientific and technological cooperation to speed up vaccine production in order to guarantee massive access in the shortest possible time.

Full text of the UNESCO report:

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