Vaccination of convalescents from Covid-19, with the Sovereign Plus vaccine, at the Briones Montoto secondary school in the Cerro municipality, in Havana.  Photo: Ismael Francisco/ Cubadebate.

Vaccination of convalescents from Covid-19, with the Sovereign Plus vaccine, at the Briones Montoto secondary school in the Cerro municipality, in Havana. Photo: Ismaael Francisco/ Cubadebate.

With the creation of vaccines, medicines and supplies to face Covid-19 and a process of transformation in innovation and technology with government support, Cuba celebrates Science Day today.

On this occasion, the province of Havana was the venue for the celebrations, due to the scientific advances achieved to date, among which are that the territory has the largest number of CTI (science, technology and innovation) entities in the country with 86 research centers, 34 Innovation Development Units, 15 technological scientific service centers, and six companies of high technology, five of them belonging to BioCubaFarma.

The capital territory also has a qualified staff made up of 18,945 professionals, including 3,668 researchers, 1,301 Doctors in Sciences, 4,387 Masters in Sciences and a scientific reserve made up of 774 experts.

Among its main results in 2021, the Cuban capital hosted the development, scaling and production of the Sovereign immunogens, designed by the Finlay Vaccine Institute, and the Mambisa vaccine candidate, from the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

A system based on nanotechnology was implemented for the PCR diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2, which allowed the analysis of more than 20,000 daily tests in the Molecular Biology Laboratory Network and the repositioning of the humanized monoclonal antibody Nimotuzumab for patients with Covid-19. 19, among others.

As part of the celebrations for the Day of Cuban Science, a modern astronomical observatory was inaugurated the day before, as a result of the collaboration agreement between the Institute of Geophysics and Astronomy (Iga) of Citma with the Institute of Applied Astronomy and the Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Regarding the festive day, Dr. Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya, Minister of Science, Technology and Environment (Citma), highlighted the work of the scientific community during the past year to accompany the new government management.

The Cuban Science Day was instituted on January 15, 1990 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the historic leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, assuring: “The future of our country must necessarily be a future of men of science, a future of men of thought.”

(With information from Prensa Latina)

Alejandro is the leader in one of the most important technological ventures developed in Cuba: Combiovent.  Photo: Irene Pérez / Cubadebate.

Alejandro is the leader in one of the most important technological ventures developed in Cuba: Combiovent. Photo: Irene Pérez / Cubadebate.

The joint creation is the result of almost a five-year effort to have an observatory on Cuban soil.  Photo: Institute of Geophysics and Astronomy

The joint creation is the result of almost a five-year effort to have an observatory on Cuban soil. Photo: Institute of Geophysics and Astronomy.

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