Paris, Sep 10 (Prensa Latina) Cuban intellectual Abel Prieto denounced on Thursday in a UNESCO’s forum the impact of the US blockade on his country’s fight against Covid-19, and accused neoliberalism for the social evils aggravated during the pandemic.
At intervening as a panelist in the online dialogue convened to discuss the aftermaths of Covid-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean, Prieto explained that the tightening of the US economic, commercial and financial blockade deprives Cuba of access to inputs and resources necessary in the fight against the pandemic.
The president of the Casa de las Americas and Cuba’s former Minister of Culture also exposed the media crusade against Cuban healthcare professionals, who have fought against the Covid-19 pandemic in over 40 countries around the world.
According to Prieto, the outstanding work of those doctors in Cuba and in many others countries meets the hostility of the US government, when it should generate recognition.
Regarding Covid-19, he pointed out in the interactive forum that its arrival forces us to reflect on the prevailing neoliberal model, responsible for the greed of the elites, exclusion, the climate crisis, inequalities and the desire for profit.
One would have to wonder if the virus is actually a greater survival challenge for the human species than the model that exacerbates its impact, he noted at the event, in which also participated UNESCO’s Director General Audrey Azoulay, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchu and the professor at the University of Coimbra (Portugal) Boaventura de Sousa Santos.
The Cuban representative affirmed that the ongoing pandemic disqualifies the neoliberal system’s ability to deal with a crisis of such magnitude.