Cuba became the first country in the world to vaccinate children from the age of two against Covid-19, using home-grown jabs not recognised by the World Health Organization.
The communist island of 11.2 million people aims to inoculate all its children before reopening schools that have been predominantly closed since March 2020.
The new school year has started, but from home via television programs, as most Cuban homes do not have internet access. Having completed clinical trials on minors with its Abdala and Soberana vaccines, Cuba started its inoculation campaign for children last week, starting with those 12 and older.
Jab distribution in the 2-11 age group in the central province of Cienfuegos started last Monday. Several other countries in the world are vaccinating children from the age of 12, and some are conducting trials in younger kids.
Countries such as China, the United Arab Emirates and Venezuela have announced they plan to vaccinate younger children, but Cuba is the first to do so.