Cuba will send another five million doses of covid vaccines to Vietnam

Havana, Dec 28 (Latest) .- Cuba will send another 5 million doses of its Abdala anticovid vaccine to Vietnam to be applied in children, once the regulatory entity of the Asian country authorizes its emergency use, Cuban official media reported this Tuesday.

The Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca, expressed “the will” to finalize the negotiation of the technology transfer contract with Hanoi, specified the Cuban News News (ACN).

Malmierca made the announcement during a virtual meeting the day before for economic and scientific-technical collaboration together with Vietnam’s Minister of Construction, Nguyen Thanh Nghi.

The Cuban head said that the sending of doctors to help with the confrontation of the pandemic in the Asian nation is also being studied.

A few months ago, the Caribbean island sent a similar amount of doses of the formula developed by the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) of Cuba.

This formula showed an efficacy of 92.2% with three doses in the final phase of studies, according to the data provided by the Cuban authorities, which have not been confirmed by independent external experts.

Abdala is one of the three vaccines endorsed by the Cuban regulatory entity for emergency use against covid-19 and is already used in Iran, Venezuela and Nicaragua. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has also just authorized the emergency use of Abdala, media from that Caribbean country reported on Tuesday.

Cuba and Vietnam signed a cooperation agreement in September that established the purchase of 5 million doses of the Cuban drug during the visit to Havana of the President of Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

The export contract – the amount of which has not been reported – is part of the biotechnology, health and economic area agreements signed during Nguyen’s stay on the island.

Vietnam is currently Cuba’s second trading partner -behind China- in the Asia-Pacific region, one of the top 20 globally, the main investor in the area and its largest supplier of rice, with bilateral exchanges of more than 340 million dollars in recent years, according to official data.

The Asian country exports rice, coal, chemical products, textiles and electronic elements to Cuba, and imports from the island mainly pharmaceutical products.

Among the areas in which both countries have joint projects and investments are the food industry, renewable energy, science and technology, justice, telecommunications and the production of consumer goods and construction materials.