Wednesday, May 25

Coronavirus in Venezuela: what is known about the Cuban vaccine Abdala with which they began to immunize the population in Caracas

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Venezuela has been using a Chinese and a Russian vaccine against the coronavirus.

Venezuela this week became the second country in America -after Cuba- to start using a vaccine that has not yet been approved

The government of Caracas received from Havana and began to administer in areas of the capital the first shipment of Abdala, a vaccine candidate developed by the island that still does not have emergency authorization from any regulatory medical entity.

The arrival of the first batches (it has been officially said that they will be received around 12 million doses) took place a few days after authorities of the Cuban pharmaceutical industry presented the results of the third phase of study of two of its most advanced vaccines.

As they assured, one of them, Soberana 02, would have an efficacy of 62%, with two doses, while Abdala -the one that arrived in Venezuela-, with three, would be more than 92%, which would make it one of the most effective of those developed so far against the coronavirus.

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