Covid-19 shows incapacity of neoliberalism, Cuban foreign minister

Covid-19 shows incapacity of neoliberalism, Cuban foreign minister

Havana, Jun 15 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodríguez, affirmed today that neoliberalism has been unable to cope with the Covid-19 that is plaguing humanity.

Rodriguez wrote on Twitter that this policy has not reduced inequality in times of crisis either, and exemplified that in the United States 20 percent of wealth accumulates in 0.1 percent of the population.

This coincides with the points of view of the president Miguel Díaz-Canel and the president of the chair of Science, Technology and Society, of the University of Havana, Jorge Núñez, authors of an article published in the journal Anales, of the Cuban Academy of Sciences.

In the work, where they detail the links of the Cuban government and science in the confrontation with the pandemic, they question why countries with solvent economies and good scientific and technological capacities showed difficulties in the face of the health emergency.

In searching for answers, the researchers suggest, eyes turn to the neoliberal models they practice, revealing that their associated dogmas and policies are not the most convenient for dealing with the complex problems of today’s world.

Two examples make this clear: social policies, particularly health policies, in the neoliberal system are increasingly subordinated to the logic of profit and business competitiveness.

At the same time, the medical-pharmaceutical industry, largely in the hands of transnational corporations, defines its research-development agendas based on profitability and profit objectives, ignoring considerations related to human well-being.

Cuba spoke out against these policies at the Virtual Summit of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries ‘United against Covid-19’, since they have led to the reduction of the management and capacities of the States and the oblivion of the majority.

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