Iran and Cuba to jointly produce COVID vaccine

Pasteurcovac vaccine is to be jointly being produced by Iran and Cuba island, the Head of Center for Communicable Diseases Control of Iran's Health Ministry - Mohammad Mahdi Gouya, has stated. 

Cuba: Pasteurcovac vaccine is to be jointly being produced by Iran and Cuba island, the Head of Center for Communicable Diseases Control of Iran’s Health Ministry – Mohammad Mahdi Gouya, has stated. 

The Health Minister noted that “The clinical trial was completed in the time period of past two months in the country and the results were provided to the Food and Drug Administration, which has further approved it.” 

Following the country’s FDA approval, he stated that the COVID-19 vaccine would be mass-produced in the nation. He further expressed his hope that the Pasteurcovac vaccine would reach mass production positively by the time of mid-October.

Iran is currently battling its 5th wave of contagious COVID-19 pandemic. The official figures show that over 4.3 million people have been infected, and 100,000 have died since the pandemic, but the actual toll is potentially much higher.

About Pasteurcovac – 

Pasteurcovac is a recombinant protein COVID-19 vaccine produced in a collaboration between the Finlay Institute of Vaccines in Havana, Cuba and the Pasteur Institute of Iran. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is also known as Soberana 02 in Cuba. It also received emergency-use approval in Iran in the month of June, despite still being at the phase III trials. Iran also continues to monitor the coronavirus condition in the island country. 

Reportedly, the disease was induced to Iran by a businessman from Iran’s Qom city, who went on a business trip to China, despite official warnings. The man later died from the disease. 

In addition, another donation is all set to arrive in Cuba to help the nation fight the deadliest COVID-19 mutant. The health material donation is organised by the youth part of the Italian Association of Private Hospitality – (AIOP) from the Lombardy region, left on Monday for the island.

A few days back, the Chief Medical Officer – Dr Kenneth George, stated that Cuba’s Ministry of Health and Wellness is working to ensure that frontline workers in the public healthcare sector are being vaccinated against COVID-19.