Top Cuban Vaccine Maker: How We Took on COVID Despite U.S. Siege
BT’s Rania Khalek was on the ground in Havana, Cuba, and spoke to Dr. Vicente Vérez Bencomo, General director of the Finlay vaccine institute in Havana, which developed Cuba’s highly effective COVID-19 vaccine Soberana.
They discussed how the U.S. blockade hampered the country’s vaccine development, how Cuba managed to develop five covid vaccines while under siege, which countries helped, how Cuba became a world leader in biotechnology, and vaccine hesitancy in the West.
0:33 Blockade challenges for vaccine development
5:37 Did the US blockade cause preventable Covid deaths in Cuba?
11:02 Cuba’s vaccine a part of Cuban sovereignty
14:32 Can Cuba’s vaccine help developing countries?
20:31 Big pharma as an obstacle to Cuba’s covid vaccine
23:51 WHO licensing challenges
29:27 Vaccine hesitancy on the US left