State media in Cuba revealed that Cubans on the island are currently participating in Phase II clinical trials of a mystery Chinese coronavirus vaccine candidate in development with the Iranian Islamic regime, the Spanish newspaper Diario de Cuba reported Tuesday.
The alleged coronavirus vaccine candidate is the product of the Pasteur Institute of Iran and an unnamed Cuban company, according to Kianoush Jahanpour, a spokesman for Iran’s Food and Drug Administration (IFDA). The human trials, according to Iranian state media, are currently underway in Havana.
The news, revealed in Iranian state media in the new year, follows claims by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, that it was developing a vaccine against the Chinese coronavirus, despite not having any history of pharmaceutical research. The Communist Party of Cuba, on its end, announced over the summer the development of two vaccine candidates, known as Soberana (“sovereign”) 01 and 02. Neither Cuban vaccine