Venezuela’s health minister says the country hopes to produce enough Cuban vaccines to vaccinate four million people.
Venezuela will begin clinical trials of Cuban coronavirus vaccine candidate Abdala this month, Health Minister Carlos Alvarado said Monday, as the country plans to produce enough drugs locally to vaccinate four million people.
Cuba was approved in March Late-stage trials Abdalar is named after a poem by Jose Marti, the hero of nineteenth-century Cuban independence.
According to Cuban state media, the trials will end in July and the first results will be released in August.
“We will start a clinical study with this vaccine, but at the same time adapt to produce our national vaccine laboratory, hopefully, if all goes well, dose for four million people,” Alvarado told Venezuelan state television.
Alvarado spoke at Venezuela’s main airport in the capital, Caracas, where he announced that the country had received another 50,000 Russian Sputnik V vaccines. He said the country has now received a total dose of 1.44 million coronavirus vaccines.
Alvarado added that the new vaccine consignment would be used to vaccinate about 300,000 health workers in the country, as well as to start the process of vaccinating the elderly and at-risk people.
Its government President Nicolas Maduro The health minister hopes to start receiving the vaccine from the global COVAX vaccine program by July, regardless of which vaccine arrives.
Maduro, whose country’s economy plunged into a brutal recession marked by hyperinflation in March, said he would not allow its use. AstraZeneca vaccine The following reports of blood clots
Kovacs said in February that it had set a dose of 2.4 million astrageneca for Venezuela.
Official data show that the nation is suffering from a second wave of COVID-19 infections with an average of more than 1,200 infections per week.
It is now a matter of concern that even before the epidemic, hospitals were suffering from a lack of medicine, understaffing and blackouts.
To date, more than 200,000 cases of coronavirus and at least 2,170 deaths have been reported in Venezuela, according to data collected from Johns Hopkins University.