HAVANA— Cuba is working on the development of its own vaccine to combat the new coronavirus at the same time that it negotiates with Russia the manufacture on the island of the one registered by the scientists of that Eurasian nation.
" There are several countries that are working … Our country is working with vaccine candidates, "Cuban Epidemiology chief Francisco Durán said Wednesday during his daily appearance, also pointing out that Moscow scientists are in contact with their island counterparts from the Finlay Institute.
Durán's comments were added to the information from official press media that released statements by Cuban experts on the development of four possible vaccines, one of them very advanced in the trial tests.
"I am sure that they will achieve it, "said President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Twitter, encouraging Cuban researchers.
Independent experts considered that it is p It is possible that the Cuban scientific pole has a vaccine in development and they highlighted that the island has the possibility of mass-manufacturing it.
"Cuba produces almost 80% of the vaccines consumed by the National Immunization Program, vaccine production capacity has the country. There is the Finlay Institute and there is a large area of technological innovation, "the director of the Pan American Health Organization on the island, the Chilean José Moya, explained in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
The Finlay Institute is a center State scientist dedicated to the research and production of vaccines located in Havana.
"I would not be surprised if Cuba advances with a vaccine proposal," added the director, who indicated that he has scheduled a meeting in the coming days with island scientists to find out about the issue.
Meanwhile, Moscow reported that Cuba is among the countries that could co-produce the Sputnik V vaccine developed by Russian scientists and whose announcement caused a real stir this week.
The vaccine presented in Russia has yet to be validated in a third phase of trials to be considered fully appropriate.
The World Health Organization stated that all Potential vaccines – there is real competition between laboratories and governments around the world – must complete this final testing procedure before being distributed.
Experts warned that vaccines that do not complete testing can be harmful in a number of ways, from an impact negative in health to create a false sense of security.
"Cuba has excellent capabilities to manufacture vaccines. We are discussing the launch of production with several Cuban companies, we believe that Cuba can become one of the key centers for vaccine production, "said Kirill Dmitriev, director of the investment fund that financed the Gamaleya laboratory project in Moscow, according to a dispatch from the Russian agency Sputnik.
Cuba, which had managed to contain the spread of Covid-19, reported an outbreak in recent weeks for which it ordered a setback in the gradual opening process established in June.
So far on the island, 3,128 infections and 88 deaths from the new coronavirus have been reported and more than 300,000 diagnostic tests have been performed.
Although some work centers opened in June and July, classes throughout the country and the Public transport in the capital is still suspended and borders closed, except for nationals. There are also no commercial flights.