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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.

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