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Cuba’s bid to vaccinate all citizens with home-grown covid-19 shots

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People wait to receive the Abdala vaccine candidate against covid-19 in Havana, Cuba, on 12 May

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Cuba has begun a mass vaccination campaign using a home-grown vaccine that hasn’t yet completed large-scale human trials. The country has five covid-19 vaccines in development, with two in such phase III trials.

It is the smallest country to develop a promising vaccine candidate, and the only one in Central or South America to do so. Its ambition is to immunise its entire population with the vaccines – and with no doses of other shots on order, there …