Cuba Is Testing New Polio Vaccine
The local press informed that the study, sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) allows testing effectiveness of its intradermal application employing only one fifth of the current dose.
If results demonstrate effectiveness it would cheapen the price of the vaccine to five dollars for widespread use.
The sample for this investigation is more than 300 babies born from March to April this year in 13 health areas of the municipalities of Nuevitas, Florida, Vertientes and Camaguey.
Doctor Sonia Resik told Adelante newspaper that between July and August this dose will be applied to children with a second booster dose from November to December.
In February of 2010 the infants will also receive the traditional immunization drops to assure that Cuba maintains its status since 1953 as the first nation in the world to rid this terrible disease.
Precisely, WHO chose this country to develop the project, is confident in the Pedro Kouri Tropical Medicine Institute in Havana because it is a country that is free of polio.
Camaguey was selected as a result of experience reported of five previous clinical Cuban vaccine trials and another one with infants aging six, ten and fourteen weeks of birth.
WHO intends to take this new anti-polio vaccination system as a general immunization scheme if the results demonstrate safety in the clinical trial.
To date anti-polio vaccine, created during the 60s, is only applied orally through the already known candies or drops.
Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nigeria are the only countries in the planet that have not eradicated poliomyelitis.
Source: Radio Cadena Agramonte