Cuba develops vaccine to combat COVID-19

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Cuba develops vaccine to combat COVID-19
Dr. Gerardo Guillen is the Director of Research at the Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Cuba, where a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine is being conducted.
Dr. Gerardo Guillen is the Director of Research at the Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Cuba, where a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine is being conducted.

(CMC) – The director of research at the Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Cuba, Dr Gerardo Guillen, says a clinical trial is now being held for a vaccine aimed at activating the immune system to combat COVID-19.

Speaking during a recent television interview, Guillen said that the drug, called CIGB 2020, is undergoing trials at the Luis Diaz hospital in Havana with volunteer patients suspected of being carriers of the disease.

He says the drug is nasally and sublingually administered to strengthen these areas and encouraging results have already been observed regarding the activation of the innate immune system, which is very important to successfully combat this disease.

He added that CIGB 2020 is a drug that is inserted, along with another Cuban vaccine developed by Finlay Institute, in a field of research that has been much debated in contemporary science, which is the development of specific vaccines to stimulate innate immunity, which is powered by the new coronavirus.

“Our researchers have been able to make lab technologies available to this research in record time and after these first results we will continue with the trials and analyse the results,” Guillen said.

Meanwhile, up to Tuesday, there were 766 positive COVID-19 cases across the island.

According to the Ministry of Public Health, 599 out of those 766 patients are in stable condition.

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  1. Nothing would bring greater joy to my heart than this being real, true, and effective. I have watched Cuba help every Caribbean island in times of need and yet they remain ordained by the great U S of A as the scourge of our region. When will we realise the strength we can wield as a united community? Yes, all the bigger islands felt the need to separate but time has taught that with great power comes great responsibility and mismanagement of resources in most of the bigger islands have reduced their currency plenty. My Caribbean people, recognise your strength in numbers before the dragon's will becomes absolute and tears us apart....Una Familia Caribania!! Let us hope our bigger sister island pulls through and remember what Cuba has done for and with us all.

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