Cuba launched a national campaign on Friday for the vaccination of children 2 to 18 years old. The campaign is a prerequisite for the government to reopen the schools. Cuba, which is facing an increase in corona cases, is the first country to do so.
The children will be vaccinated with Cuban made vaccines, Abdala and Soberana. The first pricks are reserved for adolescents 12 years of age and older, later on children aged 2 years are also taken.
Schools have closed across the country since March 2020 and did not open for a few weeks until the end of that year — to close again in January. Since then, children have been taught via television. Education will restart Monday in the same form. The government has decided that schools will not reopen until all children in the country have been vaccinated. Once that is the case, schools can reopen in phases, presumably in October and November.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Cuba recorded 672,599 infections and 5538 deaths, out of a population of 11.2 million inhabitants. At the beginning of August, 95,100 Cuban minors had contracted corona, 7 of whom died.