Ukrainian media discuss possibility of registering Cuban vaccines against
Kiev, March 26, 2021 – Channel Ukraina 24 broadcast a debate about the
vaccination process in Ukraine, following the worsening situation with the
coronavirus. The Minister of Health, Maxim Stepanov, was attend the meeting.
In the framework of the debate, the representative of the Ukrainian
biomedical industry, managing partner of the company Lorton Investments,
Eugene Nayshtetik, referred to the meeting held on March 24 with the
Ambassador of Cuba in Ukraine, Natacha Díaz Aguilera. The Ukrainian
businessman said: “The world’s first conjugate vaccine against COVID-19 has
been created in Cuba. Cuba will produce around 140,000,000 doses of the
vaccine and this is much more than what Cuba needs, so it will export it ”.
He asked the Minister of Health if it would be possible to purchase the
Cuban vaccine by Ukrainian pharmaceutical companies. Stepanov responded
that, for the importation of any vaccine, its registration in the country is
initially necessary. In Ukraine there is a protocol for emergency
registrations. He added that he maintained good relations with the Cuban
Embassy in Kiev, and that he would assess the possibility of registering the
vaccines, once the necessary documentation is presented and analyzed. Cuban
scientists are currently working on 5 vaccines against the coronavirus:
Soberana 01 and 02, Abdala, Mambisa and Soberana + (an immune booster
vaccine). Soberana 02 and Abdala are in the third phase of clinical trials.
In August of this year it is expected that more than 6 million Cubans will
be vaccinated and that by the end of this year the entire population will
have been immunized. The island’s government has reiterated its willingness
to share vaccines with other countries in the world.
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