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Public Health and Education authorities issued an update Tuesday on the progress of the anti-COVID-19 vaccination process in Cuba, especially among children and adolescents expected to start the oncoming new school year.

Dr. Jose Angel Portal Miranda, Cuban Minister of Public Health, discussed on Tuesday the epidemiological situation in the municipality of Banes, the second with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the province of Holguin in recent days.

The ongoing nationwide COVID-19 vaccination of children and adolescents in Cuba is not mandatory, said the head of the National Pediatrics Group with the Cuban Health Ministry, Lissette Lopez.

The head of the Cuban Immunization Program, Lena Lopez announced the completion of the administration of a first dose of the locally developed COVID-19 vaccines to a first group of students including high school 12 graders and others in the final stages of technical-professional education and pedagogy.

Following a visit to Pinar del Rio, the province with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, Public Health Minister Jose Angel Portal Miranda said that changing the epidemiological situation requires everybody’s engagement and awareness.
In the last 15 days, over 15,600 people have tested positive in this province, for an incidence rate of more than 2,600 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest in Cuba today.

Holguin, Cuba's third most populated province with more than one million inhabitants, continues the immunization campaign with the vaccine Abdala—100% effective to prevent COVID-19-related complications and death—with three doses already administered to more than 152,000 people.

Cuban doctor Ricardo Hodelin, from the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, joined the UNESCO Bioethics Network this week becoming the fifth Cuban physician to have received such acknowledgement.

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