This is the 8th vaccine allowed to be used in Vietnam. What features does this vaccine have?
Abdala has a course of 3 injections, 2 weeks apart, more than the vaccines currently used in Vietnam. Developed by the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Cuba, it is a protein subunit vaccine, containing a portion of mutated protein to trigger an immune response.
Specifically, each dose of Abdala 0.5ml vaccine contains 50mcg of recombinant protein vaccine containing the receptor-binding region (RBG) of the Covid-19 virus, which is prepared in the form of a suspension for intramuscular injection.
Abdala vaccine has a course of 3 injections, 2 weeks apart.
Cuban biopharmaceutical corporation BioCubaFarma at the end of June announced that Abdala vaccine was 92.28% effective in preventing symptomatic Covid-19 disease in late-stage clinical trials.
In addition, Radio Havana Cuba in July reported that the Abdala vaccine was 100% effective in preventing death in Covid-19 patients.
Meanwhile, compared to vaccines produced by mRNA technology such as Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna, Abdala has a cheaper production cost, with easier storage requirements (from 2 to 8 degrees Celsius).
BioCubaFarma announced on September 14 that it will apply to the World Health Organization (WHO) for a license for three domestically-produced Covid-19 vaccines, including Abdala.
Cuba’s Abdala vaccine is 92.28% effective in preventing symptomatic Covid-19 disease.
What does the name mean?
According to DW, the name of the Abdala vaccine is named after a poem written by Cuban national hero Jose Marti (1853-1895). The poem depicts the image of the young hero Abdala willing to sacrifice himself for the freedom of his country.
From a Cuban point of view, that’s the perfect name for the first Covid-19 vaccine developed in Latin America.
Vaccination for children 2 years and older
According to AFP news agency, since September 3, Cuba has started vaccination for all children aged 12-8 in this country with two domestic Covid-19 vaccines, Abdala and Soberana. From September 6, children from 2-11 years old are also immunized with these two vaccines. Cuba became the first country to give the Covid-19 vaccine to children 2 years of age and older.
Cuba is the first country to vaccinate children 2 years and older against Covid-19.