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Cuba exported 38 million vaccines against cattle ticks

Havana, Apr 3 (Prensa Latina) Cuba's Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) exported since 2010 nearly 38 million doses of Gavac vaccine, an immunogen against cattle ticks, it was disclosed.

The director of the CIGB’s Camagüey province branch, Nemesio González Fernández, told the Cuban News Agency that countries such as Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela and Brazil are among the recipients of this product.

The executive highlighted that since its introduction, about 24 million doses of this biotechnological product have been applied in Cuba with proven effectiveness, which serves to reduce the use of chemical products and the transmission of diseases caused by ticks.

Cuba has the only vaccine registered and marketed in the world for the control of cattle ticks, the main vector for the transmission of diseases in these animals, Mario Pablo Estrada García, director of Agricultural Research of the CIGB, recently told Prensa Latina in Havana.

Estrada highlighted that in 2012 the Texas Cattle Parasite Control Center published an article where it is credited that this product controls 99% of ticks in cattle and they suggest its use in the border between Mexico and the United States.

“It is an irrefutable result of what Cuban science and scientists are capable of doing despite the unjust and genocidal U.S. blockade against the island,” the researcher said.