London, May 5.- The British newspaper The Guardian today highlighted the efforts made by Cuba to develop its own vaccines against COVID-19, despite the US blockade and the economic impact of the pandemic.
In an article titled Cuba fights over its weight to develop its own vaccine against COVID-19, the newspaper noted that of the 27 vaccine candidates against the SARS-COV-2 coronavirus that are in the final phase of international trials, two are Cuban.
According to The Guardian, that Caribbean island besieged by the United States for 60 years could become the smallest country in the world to have its own vaccine.
He also believes that if the clinical trials are successful and the approval of the drug regulatory agency is obtained, the immunization of the population will be less of a problem.
Cuba has a very well-developed infrastructure of polyclinics and health centers, and the highest ratio of doctors per inhabitants in the world, said the newspaper, which collects the testimony of prominent scientists and executives of the island's biotechnology sector.
The publication warns, however, that due to the unilateral economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by Washington, the different teams of researchers working in the search for a cure for COVID-19 have to share the only existing spectrometer in the country with sufficient capacity to analyze the chemical structure of your products.
It also echoes the complaint made by Cuban scientists that due to the extraterritoriality of the measures against Cuba, the British manufacturer of this essential equipment for quality control cannot sell spare parts to them since the company was acquired by an American company.
He also refers that since the now former President Donald Trump included Cuba in the list of sponsors of terrorism, finding a bank willing to accept transfers to and from the island is a big problem. (Text and photo: PL)