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Cuba Is Offering Vaccines To Tourists. Here's What You Should Know
Tourists arriving in Cuba will have the chance to get the COVID-19 vaccine if they want it. Medical experts developing The Cuban Sovereign 02 vaccine will begin phase III clinical trials on March 1, El Financiero reports.
Vicente Vérez, the director of Havana’s Finlay Institute medical research center, said the country intends to produce 100 million total doses of the four vaccines medical experts are creating this year to vaccinate the entire Cuban population of 11.3 million people.
“Tourists will be given the option, if they want, to be vaccinated in Cuba as well,” Vérez said.
He added that the country’s vaccine has demonstrated a powerful immune response so far.
“It also induces long-term memory of that immune response that, in addition to producing antibodies, makes them last,” said Vérez.
Cuba has one of the highest ratios of doctors per capita. Cuban doctors have been instrumental in helping countries fight COVID-19 by providing medical personnel and expertise in more than 40 countries.