Cuba offers to establish vaccine production center for its home-grown vaccines in Pakistan

Cuba has also developed two home-grown vaccines to prevent COVID-19.

The Federal Minister for Science & Technology, Shibli Faraz, meeting with the Ambassador of Cuba to Pakistan, Zéner Javier Caro González, on Tuesday. (Twitter @MinistryOfST)

Cuba has offered to establish a center for vaccine production in Pakistan where doses can be made for both local use and exports.

This was revealed by the Ambassador of Cuba to Pakistan, Zéner Javier Caro González, during a meeting with the Federal Minister for Science & Technology, Shibli Faraz, on Tuesday.

The development comes days after Cuba approved its home-grown Abdala vaccine for emergency use.

Abdala is the first Latin American coronavirus jab to reach this stage and a possible lifeline for a region trying to battle the pandemic with modest means.

The Cuban Abdala vaccine is claimed to be 92% effective at deterring the coronavirus after three doses.

Cuba’s CECMED health regulator gave the go-ahead last week after Abdala’s makers stated the vaccine candidate was more than 92% effective at deterring COVID-19 disease after three doses.

The Soberana 02 vaccine is the second Cuban vaccine being utilized in immunizing Cubans against the coronavirus.

The Latin American country is operating on five coronavirus vaccines, and in May, began immunizing its population using two of them — Soberana 02 and Abdala — even before they received approval.

Meanwhile, Pakistan is currently relying on vaccine procurement from China, mainly using Sinopharm, Sinovac, and CanSino jabs produced by Beijing to inoculate its 220 million-strong population. 

The South Asian country also has a limited stock of Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, and Moderna.

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