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The Cuban ministry of foreign affairs (MINREX by its Spanish acronym) posted today on Twitter that a group of eleven doctors and four laboratorians are already in Barbados to complete the brigade of the Henry Reeve contingent that supports the work of confronting the COVID-19 pandemic in that Caribbean nation.

The Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), in Havana, has the potential to guarantee a greater production of vaccine candidates, fulfill the demand for drugs for the treatment of COVID-19 positive patients and respond to international requests, Oscar Cruz Gutierrez, its deputy director of production, assured.

Official statistics have it that 127 Science, Technology and Innovation Entities (ECTI)—61% of the nationwide total—from 80 research centers, 13 scientific and technological services, 34 development and innovation units and a scientific-technological park are registered in the capital alone.

Cuban scientists go on developing Jusvinza, one of the main drugs in the treatment of COVID-19 in Cuba, with a view to its application to other conditions, Maria del Carmen Dominguez Horta, leader of the project at the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), announced.

Based on a Phase I clinical study being carried out at the Institute of Hematology and Immunology in Havana, researchers from the Finlay Vaccine Institute are assessing the safety and immunogenicity of the candidate Soberana 01 in patients convalescing from COVID-19 with low levels of neutralizing antibodies.

Obesity is major risk factor for acquiring, transmitting and suffering serious complications from COVID-19, Doctor of Medical Sciences Jorge Pablo Alfonzo Guerra, a second-degree specialist in Nephrology and Internal Medicine, said in an interview with the Cuban News Agency.

The Cuban capital is facing a complex Covid 19 spread, with numbers on the rise surpassing 200 confirmed cases on Friday, which has led local authorities to call for harder work against the disease.

Cuba reported the presence of a new genetic variant of SARS-CoV-2 , previously detected in South Africa and which so far has spread to 20 countries, stated today Dr. Maria Guadalupe Guzman Tirado, head of the Research, Diagnosis and Reference Unit of the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK).

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