TORONTO –Cuba has begun a mass vaccination campaign centred around their five domestically produced vaccines – some of which are still in in development – in an effort to inoculate the island’s 11 million residents.
The country began its vaccination campaign on Wednesday, earlier than its planned June rollout, choosing not to wait for formal vaccine authorization from the Health Ministry to try to curb a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Other countries like China and Russia have vaccinated their population with domestically produced COVID-19 vaccines before final trials concluded. The U.S., Canada and Europe authorized emergency use for several vaccines based on small samples of early data of Phase 3 trials as well.
In April, Cuba registered 17,362 COVID-19 cases with Havana being the epicentre of the outbreak. The Health Ministry reported more than 1,000 new cases on Wednesday – most likely due to the airports reopening after being closed for eight consecutive months.
The island nation’s …