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Cuba vaccinates toddlers, young children at least 2-years-old

KRLD Radio Dallas logo KRLD Radio Dallas 9/15/2021 Seth Lemon
a small child sitting on a table: A mother and her two sons. © Provided by KRLD Radio Dallas A mother and her two sons.

The Cuban government said Monday it had already begun administering its versions of the COVID-19 vaccines to children at least 2-years-old.

The announcement makes Cuba the first country to vaccinate young children, most notably toddlers. News of the move came through state-controlled media, Voice of America reported.

The vaccines available in Cuba were also developed there, called Abdala and Soberana-2. The shots, produced by a Cuban epidemiological center and said to be 91.2% effective, have not been evaluated by the World Health Organization.

Children will be injected with Soberna, while adults will receive Abdala.

Cuba faces a surge in coronavirus infections due to the Delta variant's spread across the nation of islands. Government officials estimate about 56% of residents have had at least one shot of the vaccine. Nearly one-third are fully vaccinated. The country hopes to reach at least 90%.

Lacking a reliable infrastructure, most Cuban children do not have access to the Internet at home. The government, VOA reported, would like to get them back in classrooms, adding that many children have been learning solely via television programming.

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