OREANDA-NEWS. Cuba has produced the first batch of it's own vaccine against the coronavirus «Soberana 02», the «Telesur» TV channel reports, citing the Finley Vaccine Institute. The first batch consists of 150 thousand vaccines. As the TV channel informs, scientists are ready to start production of the second batch of the same volume.

The director of the institute, Vicente Veres, noted that the third phase of clinical trials of «Soberana 02» will begin in March. First, 42 thousand people will get vaccinated. The Cuban regulatory body Cecmed in late October approved the first phase of clinical trials of the second Cuban vaccine «Soberana 02».

Scientists in Cuba have already developed four vaccines against COVID-19. The Finley Vaccine Institute is investigating two drugs — «Soberana 01» and «Soberana 02». The «Soberana 02» vaccine was the most advanced — phase II started in December. Phase II/III of the «Soberana 01» vaccine is scheduled for February.

According to official data, 34,064 people have fallen ill with the coronavirus in Cuba and 244 people died.