Cuba has recently started a massive programme to vaccinate the island's tourism employees against COVID-19, and according to an information report, the welcome news is that Melia Cuba currently leads the way! Read on and find out more about how the "Pearl of the Caribbean" hopes to be the safest travel option this Summer.
Getting back to normality in Cuba
Cuba has recently started a massive programme to vaccinate the island's tourism employees against COVID-19 in order to return the tourist sector to normality by Summer 2021. What's more, according to an information report published by Melia Cuba, the welcome news is that Melia's luxury chain of resorts is leading the way with vaccine numbers.
To combat the possible spread of Coronavirus, health authorities in the western province of Matanzas said that vaccination centres had been set up to inoculate some 5,900 tourism workers in Varadero, one of the country's most visited resorts.
This stems from the fact that the vital tourism sector in Cuba has been added to the clinical study of the vaccine candidate Abdala in the province of Matanzas.
Now, as mentioned, several vaccinations centres have been set up, each one complying with the scientific protocols established by the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba.
Currently, the well-known luxury resort Melia Cuba is leading the way in the race to vaccinate all their employees, paving the welcome road back to normality this Summer.
Meliá Cuba has 13 hotels in Varadero, where rigorous security measures have been applied in all areas as part of the aforementioned "Stay Safe with Melia" programme.
Cracking COVID-19 province by province
Apart from Matanzas, in the capital city of Havana where COVID-19 has been more prevalent, a batch of coach drivers working for a tourism transportation company received their first dose of the Abdala vaccine at the beginning of this week, according to Cuban News Agency.
This underlines how proactive Cuba has been with dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic, beating its Caribbean and South American neighbours to developing a vaccine and thus controlling the virus much more effectively than other tourist destinations in the area.
At present, phase 3 clinical trials for Cuban COVID-19 vaccine candidates Soberana-02 and Abdala are underway, and so are intervention studies involving frontline workers from across the country.
Project "Stay Safe With Melia"
Under the "Stay Safe with Melia" programme across the island, Melia Cuba is undergoing a huge project in order to vaccinate all their employees.
In a press note, Melia Cuba, the largest hotel chain in Cuba, said that the extension of the COVID-19 intervention study to the tourism sector in Varadero would:
"Reinforce the protocols implemented in favour of the guests and visitors' wellbeing, consolidating the destination as a safe place for travellers from all over the world before the start of the next Summer season."
The Melia chain also reported that the vaccination of its staff will go some way to returning the island to a "new normal", at least in the tourism sector upon which Cuba thrives.
With Melia Cuba, many other Cuban hotel chains, and the Cuban government all fighting to control Coronavirus on the island, it's likely that Cuba could be the best option for a Caribbean holiday this year.
Produced in collaboration
with the Cuba Tourist Board.