The shipment “carries with it the affection of the entire Cuban people, especially our health workers and scientists,” stated Déborah Rivas Saavedra, deputy minister of Foreign Trade and Investment
As an expression of the excellent cooperative bilateral relations shared by the two peoples, Cuba donated a batch of 458,000 doses of our Soberana 02 pediatric vaccine to the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.
Destined to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, the shipment “carries with it the affection of the entire Cuban people, especially our health workers and scientists, who have created three vaccines, and continue working on two other candidates to achieve their registration,” stated Déborah Rivas Saavedra, deputy minister of Foreign Trade and Investment (Mincex).
For his part, Yuri Valdés Balbín, deputy director of the Finlay Vaccine Institute, said that the institution is very pleased that “our Soberana vaccines will be able to reach the Saharawi Rebublic.”
He noted that the Finlay Institute, as well as other Biocubafarma enterprises, and the country’s entire scientific system, are at the disposal of the Saharawi nation and all the world’s peoples.
The Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic’s extraordinary, plenipotentiary ambassador, Mohamed Salec Abdesamad, expressed his gratitude to Cuba, on behalf of his government, for this donation which “demonstrates, once again, the solidarity of the iIsland that has historically supported the struggle of the Saharawi people to complete the liberation of our territory, achieve total sovereignty and peace.”
“This sister people, with its constant solidarity, provides the world a demonstration of its exemplary scientific capacity despite the extreme U.S. blockade,” the diplomat added.
As of February 22 this year, 89.1% of the Cuban population, 9,873,957 persons have completed the full vaccination regimen. By the end of January, 1,600,000 Cuban children had been inoculated, making our country the first nation in the world to conclude a massive pediatric anti-COVID vaccination campaign.