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Isle of Youth vaccinated, hope grows on the big island

Isla JuventudThe completion of the sanitary intervention here ,with Cuba’s Abdala candidate vaccine, qualifies as a milestone in the country’s battle against COVID-19, with the regimen of three doses administered to the Isle of Youth’s 50,503 inhabitants, 95.6% of the eligible population.

Dr. Victor Doeste Hernandez, coordinator of the intervention, reported to Granma that this figure represents 77% of residents over 19 years of age and 60% of the total population on the Isle of Youth, given the exclusion of the 540 residents who have been infected with the virus and those with other health problems, based on criteria established for the intervention.

He emphasized that this percentage meets the minimum required by the World Health Organization to achieve “herd” immunity against COVID-19.

Emphasized throughout the fifty-day vaccination campaign was continuing rigorous adherence to preventative sanitary measures, with positive results: no new cases of COVID-19 in the last two weeks.

Although the practical impact of this achievement in controlling the coronavirus is limited to this small portion of the country, the news is encouraging for all Cubans, since the effort, distinguished by the government’s special attention to the work, is indicative of what can be achieved on the big island.

(Taken from Granma)

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