Cuba begins vaccinating youngsters in an effort to reopen faculties amid Covid surge

HAVANA – Cuban authorities on Saturday launched a nationwide marketing campaign to vaccinate youngsters aged two to 18 in opposition to Covid-19, a situation set by the Communist authorities in an effort to reopen faculties for in-person instruction amid a spike in infections.

 Kids aged 12 and older would be the first to obtain one of many two domestically produced vaccines, Abdala and Soberana, adopted by youthful children.  Faculties have largely been closed in Cuba since March 2020 and college students have been following classes on tv. With the college yr beginning Monday, they may proceed studying remotely till all eligible youngsters are vaccinated.  Laura Lantigua, 17, got here to obtain the primary of three injections at Saul Delgado highschool within the Cuban capital Havana.  “I all the time needed to be vaccinated,” Lantigua informed AFP. She mentioned that medical doctors measured her blood stress and temperature earlier than giving her the shot, then informed her to attend for an hour to verify she didn’t have any unwanted effects. 

  “I felt regular, high quality,” Lantigua mentioned.

 Because the Delta variant unfold throughout the island of 11.2 million the nation’s well being care system has been pushed to the brink.

 Of the 5,300 novel coronavirus deaths recorded because the outbreak began, practically half had been in August, as had been virtually a 3rd of all reported circumstances.

  The federal government mentioned it plans to start to steadily re-open faculties in October after the vaccination marketing campaign amongst youngsters is accomplished.

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