COVID-19 | Cuba begins vaccinating children as young as 2

The country has two homegrown vaccines, Abdala and Soberana, that it says are safe and effective

September 17, 2021 07:20 am | Updated November 18, 2021 06:34 pm IST - Havana

A mother holds her daughter who is injected with a dose of the Soberana-02 COVID-19 vaccine, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021.

A mother holds her daughter who is injected with a dose of the Soberana-02 COVID-19 vaccine, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021.

Cuba on Thursday, September 16, 2021, began a COVID-19 vaccination campaign for children between the ages of 2 and 10, saying it was necessary to curb the spread of the delta variant.

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Cuba has two homegrown vaccines, Abdala and Soberana , that it says are safe and effective. Both require three shots. In previous weeks, the government started vaccinating people between 11 and 18 years old.

Cuba faces a persistent outbreak of COVID-19, putting heavy pressure on medical facilities and compounding economic problems. Hard-hit provinces such as Matanzas, Ciego de Ávila and Cienfuegos have received support from doctors from other areas of the country as well as international donations.

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