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Díaz-Canel meets with Cuban scientists working on COVID-19 candidate vaccines

canel artemisaThe President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, recently held a discussion with a group of scientists working on the development of COVID-19 candidate vaccines, to contain the dangerous illness that has caused the deaths of more than 766,000 persons around the world, 88 in our nation.

In the offices of the Finlay Institute’s research and development department, in Havana, the President was able to confirm progress being made in efforts to develop a specific vaccine to prevent COVID-19 and emphasized his confidence in the response of Cuban science to the challenge.

The Institute’s general director, Vicente Vérez Bencomo, explained details of the different stages of the research process, which includes work by scientists at the Molecular Immunology Center and the University of Havana, as well, and added that the investigation’s findings will be announced shortly.

During the lively discussion, the President and researchers’ previous meeting was recalled. At that gathering, held May 19 at the Cuban Neurosciences Center, Díaz-Canel stated, “Although there may be vaccines from other countries, we need our own, to have sovereignty.”

Cuba’s scientists wasted no time in taking this path, more necessary than ever, amidst a new outbreak of COVID-19, with an increasing number of widely dispersed cases, especially in the provinces of Havana and Artemisa.

(Source: Granma)

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