Dmitriev pointed out this Tuesday that the Russian vaccine’s third stage of trials will begin on Wednesday in Russia and is also scheduled to be carried out in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines. Photo: elpais.com.co

Cuba could produce Russian COVID-19 vaccine

Help us keep OnCuba alive Production of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine could begin in Cuba in November, said Kirill Dmitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund. “Cuba has excellent capabilities to manufacture vaccines. We are discussing the launch of the production with several Cuban enterprises, we believe that Cuba can become one of the key centers for the production of vaccines,” said the CEO at a press conference organized by the Rossiya Segodnya media group. https://oncubanews.com/cuba/cuba-podria-producir-avifavir-el-medicamento-ruso-contra-la-covid-19/ According to Dmitriev, the manufacture of the Russian vaccine in Cuba can begin in November “if we work well with the Cuban government and enterprises.” This Tuesday the Russian Ministry of Health announced the registration of the first COVID-19 vaccine in the world. The two-vector vaccine, based on human adenovirus, was designed by the Russian Gamaleya Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology. The commercial name of the drug is “Sputnik V,” by analogy with the first artificial satellite launched into orbit by the USSR in 1957. The vaccine “passed all the necessary safety and efficacy tests” in various animal species, such as rodents and primates, according to the Ministry of Health. The vaccine was also tested in two groups of volunteers, 38 people each....

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (r-standing) and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (l-standing), observe the signing of a bilateral agreement between the two countries in Havana, on October 3, 2019. Photo: Ernesto Mastrascusa / POOL / EFE.

Trade between Cuba and Russia grows in 2019

In 2019, commercial exchange between Cuba and Russia exceeded 500 million dollars, Cuban ambassador in Moscow Gerardo Peñalver Portal said to Sputnik. “We concluded last year with a commercial exchange of 450 million dollars, and this year (2019), with the last months registering a very strong take off in the commercial exchange, we are already going to exceed 500-550 million dollars,” he said in an interview he gave to Sputnik. The Cuban diplomat recalled that in 2013 bilateral trade stood at 180 million dollars, and then with the visit to Cuba of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, the latter set the goal of increasing trade volumes between the two countries. Thus, the increase in Cuban-Russian trade exceeds 67% in recent years, which Peñalver highlighted as a stage of “revitalization of the dynamics of relations between Cuba and Russia, especially in the economic-commercial sphere, as well as in political dialogue, scientific-technical cooperation.” He noted that the bilateral economic agenda from 2012 to 2020 signed by Cuba and Russia “has been fulfilled practically in all its magnitude.” Multifaceted cooperation The ambassador said that Cuba has “a multifaceted cooperation with Russia.” “We have very strategic collaboration projects in the field of automotive, railroad,...