Cuba and US Sign Health Agreement to Fight Cancer and Zika

Cuba and the United States have signed an agreement on public health in which they commit themselves to working together against the Zika virus and cancer.

The document was signed in Washington by the US Health Human Services and the Cuban Public Health Minister Roberto Morales Ojeda, who are trying to coordinate programs to ensure global security against the two diseases.

HHS Assistant Secretary Jimmy Kolker stated that, starting with this agreement, the US will be able to access the vast experience of Cuba in facing tropical diseases transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.

The agreement also includes a joint agreement between the scientists at the Institute of Cancer Roswell Park in Buffalo, New York, and Cuban scientists to conduct a clinical trial in the United States of Cuba’s vaccine against cancer.

Kolker added that the possibilities of the vaccine have intrigued medical researchers in the US, who are enthusiastic about helping the medicine through the slow process of approval by the USA Food and Drug Administration.

The agreement is the eighth memorandum signed between both countries since December 17th, 2014, when the American President, Barack Obama, and the Cuban President, Raúl Castro, announced the first steps to putting to an end more than half a century of hostilities between the two nations.

Source/Prensa Latina
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CaribFlame, June 16, 2016

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