Optimism as Cuba set to test its own Covid vaccine

Cuban scientists are working against the clock on their Soberana 2 vaccine(Photo via BBC)

(BBC) Some of the equipment at the Finlay Institute of Vaccines in Havana might be considered outdated elsewhere in the world but the science taking place behind its white-washed walls is cutting edge.

Researchers are working long shifts on Cuba’s best shot to solve its coronavirus crisis: Soberana 2, the island’s domestically-produced Covid-19 vaccine.

Soberana (Spanish for “sovereign”) 2 is a conjugate vaccine – meaning an antigen is fused to a carrier molecule to bolster the vaccine’s stability and effectiveness.

Within weeks, it will be tested on tens of thousands of volunteers.

The results from the first clinical trials were “encouraging” and “very important”, says the institute’s director, Dr Vicente Vérez Bencomo, and the Communist-run government hopes to give the vaccine to everyone on the island by the end of the year.

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