Cuba Seeks Cholera and AIDS Vaccine
In Cuba, Science and Technology Minister Rosa Elena Simeon announced this week that because of the success enjoyed by Cuba's biotechnology industry in creating a meningitis B vaccine, the industry is now seeking vaccines for AIDS and cholera. The vaccines against AIDS and cholera are currently in the clinical test stage, she said. Cuba developed a meningitis B vaccine following an epidemic of the disease in the 1980s. The vaccine helped virtually eliminate the disease in the country, and Cuba has been exporting the vaccine for more than a decade now to 24 other countries, most of them in the Third World.