Cuba's COVID shots need WHO authorization to be supplied, says Americas health agency

FILE PHOTO: A nurse prepares a dose of the Soberana-02 COVID-19 vaccine, as part of Phase III trials of the experimental Cuban vaccine candidate amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease, in Havana, Cuba, March 24, 2021. Ramon Espinosa / Pool via REUTERS

BRASILIA (Reuters) – COVID-19 vaccines developed by Cuba do not have emergency use authorization from the World Health Organization and cannot be bought for countries in the Americas, the WHO’s regional health branch said on Tuesday.

Pan American Health Organization Assistant Director Jarbas Barbosa said the vaccines, Abdala and Soberana, need that authorization before they can be supplied by PAHO’s revolving fund that supports equitable access to vaccines through the WHO-led COVAX facility.

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