Cuba reiterates in PAHO its commitment to cooperation before Covid-19

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Havana, Sep 28 (Prensa Latina) The Minister of Public Health of Cuba, José Ángel Portal, today reiterated his country’s commitment to strengthen international cooperation and solidarity in the face of the health crisis generated by the Covid-19 in the world.

During his speech at the virtual meeting of the 58th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the executive affirmed that only with collaboration and multilateralism, humanity could emerge from this pandemic.

In this regard, he recalled that, despite the intensification of the US blockade to the Caribbean country, during the months of presence of SARS-CoV-2, the Cuban solidarity demonstrations have not stopped and 52 Henry Reeve medical brigades have fought the disease in 39 nations, 22 of them in Latin America.

He also recalled that the maneuvers of the United States against Cuba have been extended to PAHO, by deciding, without any legal mandate from the Directive Organs, to carry out an external review to the program More Doctors for Brazil, of which Cuba was not previously informed, in spite of being one of the main actors in this cooperation.

My country denounces and rejects these operations, which clearly have political purposes, and in which they have used the Organization, trying to hinder its relations with some of its member states,” said the Minister.

On the other hand, Portal referred to the strategy of the largest of the Antilles to fight Covid-19 and highlighted the protocols of attention and use of medicines from the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industry of the country, which allowed to achieve 87 percent (four thousand 787) of people recovered from the five thousand 483 confirmed since last March 11.

The intersectorial action, the immediacy in the decision making, the organization of the services and the individualized attention with an integral approach, have allowed to obtain favorable results and to avoid the collapse of the services,’ he detailed.

He pointed out that the main strength of the country is to have a unique, inclusive, free, and accessible National Health System, which prioritizes Primary Care and has nine doctors per thousand inhabitants.

He also highlighted the work of Cuban science in obtaining a specific vaccine against Covid-19, for which it is working in the first Sovereign 01 candidate that is already in the phase of clinical trials.

Soberana 01, joined the group of 30 vaccines that at international level received the authorization of the World Health Organization to advance in the clinical trial in humans.

The drug started the tests in humans last August 24th and after injecting it to 40 volunteers, no adverse effects were reported.

These results have been possible despite the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States Government, which has been intensified in times of pandemic,” he emphasized.

In conclusion, Portal stressed Cuba’s support to the role of the Pan American Health Organization and the responsibility to continue ensuring health services for all its people.

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