Cuba has offered to vaccinate all tourists against Covid-19 that visit the island after it completes its phase 3 trials.
The phase 3 trials of Cuba’s Sovereign 02 Covid-19 vaccine will begin in March and are being carried out by the Finlay Institute. The World Health Organization (WHO) is monitoring the vaccine development.
According to Vicente Vérez, director of the Finlay Institute, which is in charge of carrying out the vaccine, pointed out that the injection has so far demonstrated a powerful immune response reported the state agency Prensa Latina.
“It induces long-term memory of the immune response that, in addition to producing antibodies, makes them last,” said Vérez during a virtual appearance at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization located in Havana.
Vicente Vérez insisted that the offer to vaccinate tourists is in the interests of global health rather than being purely financially motivated.
“We are not a multinational where the financial purpose is the number one reason, our goal is to create more health,” he said. According to the state news agency, the Finlay Institute is in the process of manufacturing 100 million doses which will satisfy both the needs of the country and countries who are interested in purchasing the vaccine.
The Finlay Institute has made it clear that they will offer to vaccinate any foreigners who arrive in the country and want to have the inoculation.
Currently 150,000 doses are being administered during the clinical trials. Vérez added a third shot of the vaccine is required to induce the best viral neutralization immune response.
Countries Around The World Are Beginning To Open For Vaccinated Tourists
With inoculations for Covid-19 underway worldwide, it was only a matter of time before nations began opening their borders for tourists that have been vaccinated.
Many countries are desperate to reopen their borders for tourists and start rebuilding their economies that have been devastated by the pandemic. 8 countries recently announced that they will be allowing vaccinated tourists with either less Covid-19 entry requirements or none at all.
Is Cuba Open For Tourism?
Yes, Cuba is open to all countries for tourism. All countries with the exception of Canada must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours.
Along with the test requirements there is an additional online form and travel insurance requirements.
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