HAVANA, Cuba — Cuba on Monday grew to become the primary nation on the planet to vaccinate kids from the age of two in opposition to COVID-19, utilizing home-grown pictures not acknowledged by the World Well being Group.
The communist island of 11.2 million individuals goals to inoculate all its kids earlier than reopening colleges which were closed for essentially the most half since March 2020.
The brand new college yr began on Monday, however from house by way of tv packages, as most Cuban houses shouldn’t have web entry.
Having accomplished medical trials on minors with its Abdala and Soberana vaccines, Cuba kicked off its inoculation marketing campaign for youngsters on Friday, beginning with these 12 and older.
On Monday, it began distributing pictures within the 2-11 age group within the central province of Cienfuegos.
A number of different nations on the planet are vaccinating kids from the age of 12, and a few are conducting trials in youthful children.
International locations resembling China, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela have introduced they plan to vaccinate youthful kids, however Cuba is the primary to take action.
Chile on Monday permitted the Chinese language Sinovac vaccines for youngsters between six and 12.
The Cuban vaccines, the primary developed in Latin America, haven’t undergone worldwide, scientific peer overview.
They’re primarily based on recombinant protein know-how — the identical utilized by the USA’ Novavax and France’s Sanofi pictures additionally awaiting WHO approval.
In contrast to many different pictures in use, recombinant vaccines don’t require excessive refrigeration.
Nearly all of colleges in Cuba have been closed since March 2020, reopening for just a few weeks on the finish of final yr earlier than closing once more in January.
The federal government has introduced colleges will reopen step by step, in October and November, however solely in any case kids have been vaccinated.
UN company UNICEF has referred to as for colleges worldwide to reopen as quickly as attainable, as “the long-term prices of closures are too excessive and arduous to justify.”
Cuba has seen an explosion in coronavirus infections in latest months, placing strain on its well being system.
Of the 5,700 coronavirus deaths recorded for the reason that outbreak began, almost half had been within the final month alone, as had been virtually a 3rd of all reported instances.