Cuba approves two more domestic COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use

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Cuba on Friday approved two more domestic COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use, the island nation’s medication regulatory body said.

The authorization came after a “rigorous evaluation process of the Soberana 02 and Soberana Plus vaccines,” the body, CECMED, said in a statement.

The two Soberana vaccines are complementary.

Last month, Cuba became the first Latin American country to approve a home-made vaccine when CECMED gave the go-ahead to the Abdala jab.

The news comes at a time when the island nation faces particularly high infection rates.

Cuban health authorities say the Soberana immunization program is 91.2 percent effective against symptomatic cases.