02 February 2022
Translated by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews
Cuba became the world leader in vaccinating its population against covid-19, reaching a new milestone in the immunization of early childhood children, several US media highlighted in recent hours.
The publication The Hill dedicated an article to the work of Cuban scientists, who made the Caribbean island the only nation in the world to create vaccine doses for children two years and older.
More than 95 percent of Cuban infants between the ages of two and 18 have been fully vaccinated against the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the newspaper extolled.
The Our World in Data website estimated that Cuba has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, with about 93 percent of its population immunized as of January 31.
The Hill also recalled that the Latin American country began vaccinating its children in September 2021, being the only one to vaccinate such young children at that time.
“The development of its own vaccines has allowed Cuba to immunize that high number of citizens and eliminate the need to compete for foreign doses, as has happened with other nations,” the media highlighted.
The United States does not yet have an effective vaccine for infants. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to expand the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to children between the ages of six months and five years in late February.
For the dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, Peter Hotez, vaccinating young children “is essential”, especially in the United States, given the high number of children hospitalized with the new Omicron variant.
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