Cubas’ Soberana COVID-19 vaccines shows 91.2 % efficacy

The Caribbean island - Cuba on Thursday has informed that its two-dose Soberana 2 vaccine, delivered with a booster called Soberana Plus, had proven 91.2% effective in late-stage clinical trials against the coronavirus.

Cuba: The Caribbean island – Cuba on Thursday has informed that its two-dose Soberana 2 vaccine, delivered with a booster called Soberana Plus, had proven 91.2% effective in late-stage clinical trials against the coronavirus.

The state-run biopharmaceutical corporation – BioCubaFarma made the announcement of efficiency. Last month, the Abdala vaccine of Cuba was found to have a 92.28% efficacy.

The claim of the efficacy results have not been reviewed by the experts yet; if the results, are accurate, it would catapult the US boycotted Caribbean island nation into the select group of the United States, Germany and Russia, which produce COVID-19 vaccines with the efficiency of more than 90% – Novavax, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Sputnik V vaccines.

The biotech sector of Cuba has a long history of vaccine development. Cuba has produced 80 per cent of vaccines used in the nation and exporting some of them. The Caribbean island of Cuba is the first country in Latin America to develop a coronavirus vaccine successfully.

The island is currently struggling with an economic crisis, with activity falling 10.9 per cent last year and 2 per cent. The first half of 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic kept the tourism industry closed, and the sanctions imposed by the US government many years back.

The country has stated that there are a total of five candidate vaccines in the line, with Abdala and Soberana 2, which are likely to be quickly authorized for emergency use by the local regulators and sent up for approval to the World Health Organization – WHO.

Many countries have shown their interest in the COVID-19 vaccines produced by Cuba, such as – Mexico, Argentina, Vietnam, and Iran.

A total of 1.5 million of the nations’ 11.2 million citizens have been fully vaccinated so far against the deadly mutant.

While the Caribbean island of Cuba so far has reported a total of 218,376 COVID-19 cases and 1,431 deaths due to the contagious virus.