Thursday, August 18, 2011

Cuba creates and implements use of new pentavalent vaccine

New pentavalent vaccine
Eduardo Martínez Díaz, director of Technological Development of the Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), announced yesterday in Havana that Cuban scientists have created a new version of a pentavalent vaccine that can be used to treat five different diseases: Hepatitis B, tetanus, whooping cough, diphtheria and Haemophilus influenzae B, and that it is already in use nationwide.

Five components in one vial
This latest and improved version of the vaccine was registered in 2010 by the Center of State Control of Medicine Quality, and it implies savings at the lab in terms of production, transportation and storage costs, since the full dose of the vaccine is contained in just one vial, instead of four, which was the case of the previous formulation.

This vaccine is only produced in two other countries in the world.

Cuba’s health care system is unique and one of the very best in the world, a fact largely ignored by mainstream media in its effort to silence any achievement of the rebel island. Cuba provides comprehensive free health care to all its residents, and despite the serious restrictions that the 50 year-old U.S. blockade imposes on every aspect of life in the country, the accomplishments of the socialist government are impressive and are recognized by international organizations.

Cuban children, healthy and safe

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