CUBA - Joins Race for Vaccine Against Coronavirus

Arno Froese

Cuba has a lot of experience in vaccine research. The Caribbean island is currently working on one against the novel coronavirus while Russia is planning to have its own vaccine produced in Cuba.

Up until recently, Cuba had handled the pandemic quite efficiently. However, the Caribbean island has reported a rising number of people infected by the novel coronavirus.

The head of epidemiology at Cuba’s public health ministry, Francisco Duran, announced that his country was working on such a vaccine. “Finding an efficient vaccine to fight COVID-19 is a top priority for our science and innovation system,” he told reporters in Havanna.

“Cuba produces almost 80% of the vaccines used within the national immunization program—there’s the Finlay Institute plus a big technology and innovation sector we can fall back on,” Jose Moya, the director for Cuba of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), told DW in a statement.

Media reports suggest that Cuba is among the group of nations that would be capable of jointly producing the coronavirus vaccine developed by Russian scientists, named Sputnik V. The announcement of the vaccine made a splash worldwide but has also drawn criticism as crucial phase III clinical testing was skipped. Cuba is not expected to risk the same, known as it is for strictly adhering to WHO regulations.

“Cuba has excellent abilities to produce vaccines,” says the director of the state-owned Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Kirill Dmitriev. “We believe that Cuba can become one of the world’s most important centers for the production of vaccines,” he told DW.

Cuban epidemiologist Duran warns that despite the announcement of the Russian vaccine and the progress made so far in research on SARS-CoV-2, an efficient vaccine will not be available in huge quantities anytime soon. “Let’s remain realistic,” he says, and adds: “For the time being,” he added, “the only effective protection against the virus is to wear a mask and observe hygiene and distancing rules.”

-www.dw.com/en, 19 August 2020

Arno's commentary

Cuba is one of several dozen countries feverishly working on an effective vaccine to fight Covid-19. At this point, Cuba has been extremely successful when compared with other nations in the Americas. The death rate per 100,000 in population stands at 0.95. Brazil, on the other hand, registered 63.02 coronavirus deaths per 100,000.

According to the CIA Factbook, 59.2% of Cubans are Christian, with 23% claiming “no religious affiliation.” Life expectancy stands at 79.2 years, with an infant mortality of 4.3 per 1,000 live births. The country has one of the highest physician densities in the world, with 8.3 doctors per 1,000 in population, and 5.3 beds for the same.

Based on multiple sources and reports, 2021 will see effective vaccines being released on all five continents. Yet, as mentioned before, this is just another step toward the final completion of true globalization on planet earth. We must keep the goal in mind: “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him [Antichrist]” (Revelation 13:8).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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