Cuba first in the world to give jabs to 2-yr-olds

Published on Sep 08, 2021 03:17 AM IST

The island of 11.2 million people aims to inoculate all its children before reopening schools that have been closed for the most part since March 2020.

A nurse prepares a dose of the Abdala Covid-19 vaccine in Havana.(AFP)
A nurse prepares a dose of the Abdala Covid-19 vaccine in Havana.(AFP)
Agencies | , Havana

Cuba on Monday became the first country in the world to vaccinate children from the age of two against Covid-19, using home-grown jabs that are yet to be recognized by the World Health Organization.

The island of 11.2 million people aims to inoculate all its children before reopening schools that have been closed for the most part since March 2020.

The new school year started on Monday, but from home via TV programmes, as most Cuban homes do not have internet access. Having completed clinical trials on minors with its Abdala and Soberana vaccines, Cuba kicked off its inoculation campaign for children on Friday, starting with those 12 and older.

On Monday, it started distributing jabs in the 2-11 age group in the central province of Cienfuegos. Several other countries in the world are vaccinating children from the age of 12, and some are conducting trials in younger kids.

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