Caricom for expanding health cooperation with Cuba

Havana, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) The Heads of State of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and Cuba wound up their 7th Summit, through videoconference, on Tuesday reaffirming their will to strengthen South-South cooperation as an expression of solidarity.

Also, ‘for the promotion of bilateral and regional programs, as well as triangular cooperation for development, with regard paid to national priorities,’ they stressed in the Final Declaration of their on line meeting.

Under that principle, they expressed their will to continue receiving Cuban medical cooperation ‘in recognition of its contribution to the wellbeing of the Caribbean people; in particular, its valuable human resources which were added to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.’

In that sense, they ‘reject any attempt to discredit, distort or disrupt Cuban medical assistance, an important aid to the region and to Caribbean healthcare system.’

The Caribbean leaders also agreed to share the best experience in the management of the Covid-19 pandemic and other epidemiological conditions that are common to the Caribbean, ‘and assess the possible application of innovative Cuban biotech medicines in the prevention and treatment of this pandemic.’

In their declaration, they recognize, too, the cooperation maintained between Cuba and the Caricom Member States in the areas of health, human-resource training, construction, sports, education, environmental protection, and natural disaster risk reduction and mitigation, ‘has effectively contributed to the development and wellbeing of our peoples.’

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