• Cuba in March authorized late-stage trials of Abdala, named after a poem by the 19th-century Cuban independence hero Jose Marti.

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PUBLISHED ON MAY 03, 2021 10:31 PM IST

Venezuela this month will start scientific trials of the Cuban coronavirus vaccine candidate Abdala, and plans to provide sufficient doses domestically to vaccinate four million individuals, Health Minister Carlos Alvarado mentioned on Monday.

Cuba in March authorized late-stage trials of Abdala, named after a poem by the 19th-century Cuban independence hero Jose Marti. The trials are to be accomplished in July and the primary outcomes revealed in August, in accordance Cuban to state media.

“We will be starting a clinical study with this vaccine, but simultaneously, adapting our national vaccine laboratory to produce, if all goes well as we hope, doses for 4 million people,” Alvarado advised Venezuelan state tv.

Alvarado spoke at Venezuela’s primary airport, the place he introduced that the nation had obtained one other 50,000 Russian Sputnik V vaccines.

Venezuela has now obtained a complete of 1.48 million doses coronavirus vaccine doses, he mentioned.

The authorities of President Nicolas Maduro expects to start receiving vaccines from the worldwide COVAX vaccine program by July, he added, with out saying which vaccines could be arriving.

Venezuela in March mentioned it could not permit using the AstraZeneca vaccine following studies of blood clotting.

COVAX mentioned in February that it had put aside as much as 2.four million AstraZeneca doses for Venezuela.

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