According to the Caricom Today website, member countries are exploring the possibility of obtaining Cuba’s Soberana 02 vaccine, a candidate that is expected to be the first to be approved for general administration.
The article, written by Elizabeth Morgan, a specialist in International Trade Policy, pointed out that Cuba is the only country in Latin America and the Caribbean that is developing Covid-19 vaccines, and nations such as Jamaica and Suriname have already shown interest in receiving these vaccines whenever possible.
Morgan pointed out that this is ‘a truly praiseworthy achievement by Cuba’, a small state that has four vaccine candidates in different stages of development recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO).
She explained that Soberana 02 is one of the two vaccines created at the Finlay Vaccines Institute, while the other ones were created by the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center (CIGB).
The expert emphasized that there is long-standing cooperation between the regional bloc and Cuba, in addition to a Caricom-Cuba trade agreement.
She stressed that since the triumph of the Revolution in 1959 and after the imposition of the United States trade blockade in 1962, Cuba has had to become self-sufficient to mitigate its effects.