Cuba began vaccinating children as young as two years old against Covid-19 this week, becoming the first country in the world to vaccinate infants. At least 12 young children died from Covid-19 in Cuba during the year, and there were no infant deaths from the disease in that country during 2020, according to the Miami Herald.
Cuba has developed its own vaccine for covid-19, known as Soberana 2, which is 91,2% effective after a booster called Soberana Plus, according to studies in the country that have not yet been evaluated abroad. Cuba has developed its own vaccine, due to the tough sanctions still imposed by the US, an old remnant of the first Cold War.
Cuba, which averages about 8.000 new cases of COVID-19 each day, reported 3.727 new cases of covid-19 in children on Monday and Tuesday alone, according to the Miami Herald, including 236 infants and 16 newborns.
Vaccination of children will be crucial to stopping the global pandemic, mainly because children are now an increasingly common case. There were at least 243.000 cases of Covid-19 in children between September 2 and September 9 in the United States, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, which accounted for about 29% of all cases in the country.
The youngest people to be vaccinated in most countries are between 12-16 years old, with the US having approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children over 12 years of age. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are still only allowed to people over the age of 18 in the US.
Leading vaccine manufacturers in the US have not yet applied for their vaccines to children, but this is expected this fall or winter. Children as young as five years old are the next generation to be approved by the FDA for the Covid-19 vaccine.
Source of information: gizmodo.com