Cuba demonstrates advances in health care and pharmaceutical industry

Beijing, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) Cuba demonstrated in an international event in China its advances in medical care, service provision and preparation of effective products for the biopharmaceutical industry, as per diplomatic sources reports.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs in Shanghai, Nestor Torres, represented Cuba at the first Global Exhibition and trade fair on prevention and epidemiological control materials, which was attended by delegates from more than 20 countries.

In his speech he emphasized that the strengths in health have allowed Cuba to guarantee health coverage to its population and respond to requests to send highly qualified personnel to other nations of the world.

Torres noted that Cuba’s high development in its biopharmaceutical industry has helped face the pandemic with progressive success, since it applied domestic products with good results.

He cited the use of monoclonal antibodies, the CIGB 258 peptide, Surfacen, and the antiviral interferon alfa 2B, as an example of this, the latter of which was one of the used in China for treatment against Covid-19.

According to the diplomat, Cuba supports international efforts against health adversity and is committed to sharing its experiences in the face of a disease that does not recognize borders or races.

Among other aspects, Torres stated that Cuba treasures all these achievements despite suffering the increasingly negative effects of the blockade imposed by the United States.

The event, taking place in Shanghai, mainly included Chinese companies engaged in the manufacture and marketing of materials such as masks, gloves, eyeglasses, thermometers, and protective suits.


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Brazilian foundation: Cuban doctors deserve Nobel Peace Prize

Brasilia, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) A statement released by the Mauricio Grabois Foundation, a civil entity established by the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB), indicates that Cuban health professionals deserve the Nobel Peace Prize for their exemplary performance in situations of disasters and epidemics, especially in the fight against Covid-19 in the world.

The text indicates that the ‘Henry Reeve’ contingent is an aspect of a policy of solidarity of Cuba with the peoples of the world, and states that these brigades are the result of a humanist project of the Cuban State that involves the training of young doctors from Cuba and many other countries, including Brazil.

The communiqué ensures that the members of the Henry Reeve possess advanced scientific knowledge and ethical principles, demonstrated by numerous examples, such as the health care of the Cuban people and in compliance with internationalist missions and medical collaboration in more than 100 countries all over the world.

For this purpose, the brigade is present in many places in the world whenever the international community requests humanitarian aid, as has been the case of Haiti, Chile, Pakistan and Guatemala, among others.

The writing notes that such performance was appreciated with the awarding of the Foetus Prize by Italy in 2016, and one year later, the Lee Jong Wook by the World Health Organization, in recognition of the brigade’s medical work and emergency assistance to more than 3,5 million people in 21 countries affected by natural disasters and epidemics.

As a result of these events, the foundation ‘joins all those who postulate the recognition of the ‘Henry Reeve’ Brigade as an institution that represents the peace and cooperation of the peoples in the preservation of life and health of the most suffering populations in the world’.


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China rejects US effort to blame Cuba for terrorism

Beijing, Jun 2 (Prensa Latina) China firmly rejected this Tuesday the US efforts to tighten blockade against Cuba under the pretext of the fight against terrorism, by calling for international unity against this scourge.

In response to Prensa Latina, Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that Washington must not hide behind a common enemy for all humanity aiming to keep up that position towards the island.

The official advocated that the two countries develop normal ties based on equality and mutual respect because – he assured – it would be beneficial for their interests, for both peoples, and for the peace and stability of Latin America.

The diplomat also referred to the condemnation statement presented by the Cuban Foreign Ministry to the White House’s decision to include the country in the list of nations that allegedly do not cooperate with the US anti-terrorism efforts.

That document offers details on the lies told by the State Department to justify such a move on May 13.

Washington mentioned among its pretexts the presence on Cuban soil of members of the Colombian National Liberation Army, claimed by Bogota after the breakdown of the peace talks headquartered in Havana.

Cuba’s Foreign Ministry reiterated its support for Colombian peace, after describing the US accusation as weak, dishonest, ‘meaningless and facilitated by the ungrateful attitude of the Duque government.’

Furthermore, Zhao Lijian expressed that as a country that has been a victim of terrorism, Cuba deplores any form of manipulation and political opportunism to tackle such a sensitive issue as the fight against terrorism.


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Venezuela: FM Denounces US Pressure Against Mexican Aid Company

Venezuela's  Chancellor, Jorge Arreaza.
Venezuela’s Chancellor, Jorge Arreaza. | Photo: Twitter/ @redeuropave

The humanitarian aid suspension occurs amidst the health crisis due to the pandemic.

June 1 (teleSUR) Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, Sunday denounced the U.S. government’s influence over the Mexican company Libre Abordo and Schlager Business Group’s bankruptcy.

“Given the illegal and criminal pressures by the U.S. government, the Mexican firm that swapped Venezuelan oil for food and humanitarian supplies declared bankruptcy. This is how Washington violates human rights in Venezuela and free trade’s rights,” Arreaza tweeted.

Libre Abordo Company and Schlager Business Group declared bankruptcy on Sunday, after a $90 million capital loss.  The humanitarian aid suspension occurs amidst the health crisis due to the pandemic.

“For those of us who make up Libre Abordo and Schlager, it is sad and disappointing to perceive that the characters involved in the smear campaign, gave greater importance to political and commercial interests than to the humanitarian aid that we have delivered and could deliver. This attitude will affect millions of people in extreme poverty state, who otherwise would have benefited substantially,” the organization stated in official communication.

The companies also stressed they have the advice of international legal firms, specialized in the defense of those sanctioned by the interference laws of the United States. According to the statement, the companies were never related to U.S. companies to not violate its economic politics and dispositions.

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“With the Mexico based company, Libre Abordo, the import of corn and other food was being managed in exchange for crude oil. The FBI had been pressuring it for weeks to suspend the deal, and finally, it has been bankrupted. Don’t the sanctions include food? Of course, they do.”  “We will add this case to the complaint against the United States before the International Criminal Court. This is irrefutable evidence of the perverse and illegal nature of the US sanctions regime, showing that they are lying by claiming that there are “humanitarian exceptions,” Arreaza added.

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Havana urges Colombia to state its position on new US anti-Cuban action

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Havana, June 1 (Prensa Latina) Cuba urged Colombia this Monday to state its official position on the inclusion of Havana in the US list of countries that ‘do not fully cooperate’ in US anti-terrorism efforts.

The statement issued by Cuba’s Foreign Ministry asks the Duque government to also make clear the role and position of its officials in previous exchanges with the US in this regard.

On May 13, the US State Department included Cuba in its unilateral list under the excuse of the presence in Havana of members of the peace delegation of the Colombian National Liberation Army (ELN).

Cuba described the accusation as weak, dishonest, nonsense and ‘facilitated by the ungrateful attitude of the Colombian government.’ In this regard, the island denounced that that same day the High Commissioner for Peace of Colombia, Miguel Ceballos, publicly stated that the decision was a ‘boost’ to the Duque government and his ‘insistent request’ for Cuba to deliver the guerrillas.

Cuba has maintained its support for the peace of Colombia unchanged and works from its condition of guarantor on the implementation of the Peace Agreement between Colombia’s government and the FARC-EP, even though Bogota does not guarantee the protection of the agreement, nor does it guarantee its compliance, underscored the Foreign Ministry’s statement.


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Cuban President condemns US terrorism and manipulation

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Havana, June 1 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Monday condemned terrorism and political manipulation by the United States.

Under the hashtags #SomosCuba and #SomosContinuidad, Diaz-Canel also rejected on Twitter ‘the US lie and falsehood.’

Earlier, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez affirmed his country has an absolute and categorical commitment to vigorous action on terrorism.

There are many reasons to doubt the United States can issue such a categorical statement about its stance to fight terrorism, Rodriguez tweeted.

In a statement published on Monday, the Cuban Foreign Ministry (MINREX) expressed that as a country victim of terrorism, Cuba deplores all political manipulation and opportunism when dealing with such a sensitive issue.

In this regard, MINREX strongly rejected its inclusion on the list of nations that ‘do not cooperate’ to anti-terrorist efforts of the United States due to the presence of members of the National Liberation Army (ELN) in Cuba, while he restated Cuban support for Colombian peace.


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European leagues hire ten Cuban polo players

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Havana (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s National Water Polo Commission confirmed the hiring of ten of its players on payrolls of professional clubs in Italy, Spain and Hungary.

In an interview with the Jit newspaper, the head of the entity, Antonio Cruz, reported that the number increased after the recent signatures of Ivey Arroyo, José Antonio Peralta, Pedro Ponsa and Lisbet Santana in Spain, as well as Madonni Chávez in Italy.

On the negotiation process, he commented, ‘As they were inserted in clubs where we already had a presence, the process was not cumbersome. We are now waiting for them to travel, at the expense of the Covid-19 pandemic’.

Thr afore mentioned players join Giraldo Carales and Rafael Contreras, who serve on the Spanish team Waterpolo Navarra; Maylín Bernal and Cecilia Díaz present in the Hungarian tournament, and Daniuska Carrasco, current player of Italian Roma, according to the Jit press.

Likewise, the director advanced that Cuba could organize in 2021 one of the world qualifying games in the region on the way to the Fukuoka competition, Japan, agreed until now for May 2022.

Regarding the current goals, he indicated that one of them is to achieve tickets in each sex for the Central American and Caribbean Games of Panama 2022 during the qualification of the Central American and Caribbean Confederation of Swimming Fans.

A couple of years ago, the island’s water polo reached gold and silver medals at the Barranquilla 2018 regional event, despite the ‘resource limitations and cold temperatures in the pools’, Jit unfolded.


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President Maduro ratifies commitment to the nation’s welfare

President Maduro ratifies commitment to the nation's welfare

Caracas, May 31 (Prensa Latina) The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, ratified on Sunday his commitment to watch over the welfare of the nation, especially the most vulnerable families, in the face of the blockade imposed by the United States.

In a message in Twitter, the Head of State thanked the task force that is still deployed throughout the country to provide protection to the neediest, on the occasion of celebrating this Sunday a year of the start of the Comprehensive Care Program for Victims of the Economic War.

Maduro recalled the objective is the humanist protection of the most affected families to access goods and services, in the face of the coercive and unilateral measures imposed by the US Government. He also confirmed that his government’s commitment is to protect life and health of the people.

With the aim of strengthening social policies in the country’s neighborhoods, as well as defending the development model promoted by the Venezuelan state in recent years, the plan includes attention to people on the streets, food in vulnerable communities and the articulation of health programs.

The Program for Comprehensive Care to the Victims of the Economic War seeks to alleviate the effects of the economic blockade, which is responsible for restricting access to resources, goods and essential services.


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Diaz-Canel denounces US silence after a month of embassy attack

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Havana, May 30 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Díaz-Canel denounced this Saturday the silence of the United States government one month after the terrorist attack on the Cuban embassy in Washington D.C.

The Cuban president shared on Twitter an article published in the national newspaper Granma with the denunciations of the alternate permanent representative of Cuba to the United Nations, Ana Silvia Rodríguez.

The diplomat addressed a letter to the president of the UN General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the day before, where she emphasized that the terrorist attack is a direct result of the hostile policy of the US government against Cuba.

Rodriguez recalled that in the early morning hours of April 30th, Cuban-born citizen Alexander Alazo fired 32 projectiles from a semi-automatic assault rifle at the legation building in Washington D.C., where 10 officials were present.

The serious incident endangered the lives and safety of the diplomatic mission’s personnel and their families, and as a result of the impacts, material damage to the building was reported, the text added.

The purpose of the letter is to urge Muhammad-Bande, in his capacity as President of the General Assembly, to issue a statement condemning such an act, taking into account the firm position of that organization against international terrorism.


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Award to Cuba’s first sustainable hotel highlighted

Varadero, Cuba, May 29 (Prensa Latina) The representative of the Gran Caribe Group (GC) in this famous spa, Ismary Hernandez, praised on Friday the Melia Internacional Varadero hotel, declared the first sustainable facility of its type in Cuba.

The Internacional Varadero is owned by the Cuban firm GC and is operated along with the Spanish chain Melia Hotels International in this pole of sun and beach, located on the north coast of the western province of Matanzas and 140 kilometers east of Havana.

Through a telephone conversation with Prensa Latina, Hernandez recalled that the modern property, officially opened in September 2019, was conceived since its initial investment as an innovator place highly focused on sustainability.

Hernandez said that the facility has innovative and environment-friendly energy-saving technological systems, and explained that the certification was issued by the specialized consultant Breeam International.

Sustainable Building category granted by the Spanish entity takes into account indicators such as management, innovation, polluting emissions, energy and water expenditure, uses of space and ecology.

Hernandez pointed out that GC has a physical plant in Varadero, whose properties are grouped into 13 hotel complexes, with more than 6,000 rooms dedicated to the so-called smokeless industry.