1,436 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cuba

The Caribbean island - Cuba has reported a total of 1,436 new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (which causes COVID-19) on Sunday, 20 June 2021.

Cuba: The Caribbean island – Cuba has reported a total of 1,436 new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (which causes COVID-19) on Sunday, 20 June 2021.

The island also reported eleven deaths due to the deadly COVID-19 mutant taking the total number of death toll to 1,159 since the pandemic started.

The National Director of Epidemiology at the Ministry of Public Health – MINSAP of Cuba – Dr Francisco Duran, informed that since the novel COVID-19 pandemic started on the island, it has reported a total of 167,804 positive cases of the deadly mutant.

According to the statistics, around 1.57 lakh patients have been recovered from the novel coronavirus in Cuba.

There are a total of 2,187,097 individuals on the island who have received their first dose of the novel coronavirus vaccine, which is around 19.3 per cent, and a total of 835,812 individuals have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and are fully vaccinated against the deadly mutant which is about 7.4 per cent of the population till 17 June 2021, as per the data.

The island currently has five vaccine applicants in clinical trials, of which two are – Soberana 2 and Abdala, which are in the late phase trials. The
Soberana 2 vaccine candidate has recorded 62 per cent efficacy in just two doses out of three.

The Soberana 2 vaccine is produced by the state-run Finlay Vaccine Institute. Vicente Vérez​, director of the state-run Finlay Vaccine Institute, asserted that “Within a few weeks we should have the results for the effectiveness with three doses which we expect would be excellent.”

The Caribbean island chose to produce and rely on a home-made novel coronavirus vaccine. President Miguel Diaz-Canel cited that “We know our government has not been able to provide this project all the funding it required, and nonetheless this is a result of global standing.”