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Vietnam to buy 10M Cuba vaccine doses

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Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) meets with Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz in Havana on Sunday as part of his official visit to Cuba from September 18-20. VIETNAM NEWS AGENCY

Vietnam to buy 10M Cuba vaccine doses

Cuba agreed Monday to provide Vietnam with 10 million doses of its home-grown coronavirus vaccine, Abdala, for which the Asian nation has given emergency approval.

A deal was signed between the two countries during an official visit by President Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the communist island, the government said.

The agreement concerns an initial five million doses, but Vietnam has already authorised the purchase of 10 million doses in total, Cuban media reported.

On September 18, Vietnam became the first foreign country to approve the emergency use of Abdala, which Cuba is already using along with Soberana 02, another locally developed vaccine.

Venezuela has signed a contract to acquire 12 million Abdala doses, while Iran is producing Soberana 02 under agreement.

Argentina and Mexico have also expressed interest in the Cuban vaccines.

Last week, Cuba started the process of seeking World Health Organisation approval for Abdala and Soberana 02.

The vaccines, the first developed in Latin America, have yet to undergo international scientific peer review.

Cuban scientists say the jabs have been shown to be more than 90 per cent effective at preventing symptomatic Covid-19 cases.

They are based on recombinant protein technology – the same used by the US’ Novavax and France’s Sanofi inoculations.

Under US sanctions since 1962, communist Cuba has a long tradition of making its own vaccines, dating back to the 1980s.

Nearly 80 per cent of its inoculations are produced locally.

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