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Soberana 02 clinical trials expanded

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Expanded phase II B clinical trials of Cuba’s anti-COVID-19 candidate vaccine Soberana 02 with volunteers between 19 and 80 years of age, began at the 19 de Abril and No.1 Polyclinics, in the Havana municipalities of Plaza de la Revolución and La Lisa, respectively. For the purpose of evaluating reactions, safety and immunogenicity of the candidate, created by the Finlay Vaccine Institute, volunteers will receive two doses of the drug, administered intramuscularly.

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Vaccines and Sovereignty II: What are Vaccines?

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The molecules of an invading biological entity that are identified and are accessible to the human immune system are often referred to as “antigens”. They are usually expressed in the outermost parts of the nanoscopic carrier and are a necessary part of its composition. They are the same when found in a virus, in a fungus, in a bacterium, or in the cells of an organ from another being transplanted into our body.

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Cuba has confidence in its universities

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President of the Republic Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez visited the José Antonio Echeverría Technological University in Havana (CUAJE) yesterday, and while interacting with students and professors commented, “Your experience … is like the “magical realism” of Carpentier, which seems so common to us that we can overlook the greatness of what we do every day. Just enduring the blockade every day… is huge. We need to share these things… position them on media networks; make them visible.”

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Vaccines and Sovereignty (I): The virus and the immune system

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The word we all speak today with hope is “vaccine.” We have had an absolutely extraordinary 2020’s year. An unexpected and unprecedented pandemic has changed everything, in almost every way for the worse, although there also have been some good consequences. The political defeat of some enemies of our country who did not even know how to lead their powerful country in these extraordinary conditions may have been influenced by this factor, and that is a good consequence.

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Cuban science focuses on food security and sustainable development

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The Center for Environmental Research (CIMAC) in Camagüey province is promoting projects that respond to the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development approved by the United Nations, and which seeks food security. “With an integrated view with the academia, our scientific work has as a premise the environmental management as a support to the sustainable advance of tourism, food production and other economic-social spheres,’ stated the director of the institution, Nereyda Junco.

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New horizons for science and innovation

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Armando Rodríguez Batista, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Environment (Citma), explained to Granma that these norms were the first of a much more comprehensive legal package which continues to be presented (Decree 2/2020 on Advanced Technology Enterprises, Decree Law 7/2020 and its complementary provisions), to guide implementation of policies to perfect Cuba’s science, technology and innovation system, approved by the Council of Ministers in October of 2018.

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Clinical trials of Mambisa and Abdala candidate vaccines approved

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After a careful review of the information presented, including evidence from pharmaceutical development and studies in animals, the Center for the State Control of Drugs, Equipment and Medical Devices (Cecmed), authorized the clinical trials of two new Cuban candidate vaccines to prevent COVID-19, given the names of Mambisa (CIGB-669) and Abdala (CIGB-66). Trials of the first, created by researchers at the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center (CIGB), affiliated with the BioCubaFarma Enterprise Group

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Cuba presents another COVID-19 candidate vaccine

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Biotechnology made in Cuba shows its strengths once again. The Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) has submitted the technical file of their first vaccine candidate against COVID-19 to the State Center for the Control of Medicines, Medical Equipment and Devices (CECMED).

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The emergence of Soberana 1 is not a chance event

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Since the beginning of the Revolution, the priority granted to scientific progress, with emphasis on the training of highly qualified human capital and the creation of research centers in dissimilar branches of knowledge, were essential prerequisites that allowed Cuba to venture into the promising sector of biotechnology in the decade of the 1980s, practically at the same time this industry was emerging in a small group of nations with greater technological development.

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BioCen develops secure medium to transport viral samples, a first in Cuba

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Researchers at the National Biopreparations Center (BioCen) have developed Cuba’s first secure medium to transport viruses, created for use in the collection and transfer of patients’ nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal samples for the diagnosis of SARS-COV-2, the COVID-19 causal agent. BioCen achieved and industrially scaled the product in only seven days and, subsequently received its Sanitary Registration from the State Center for the Control of Drugs, Equipment and Medical Devices (Cecmed).