German professors highlight humanism of Cuban doctors

Berlin, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) German professors Wolfram Elsner and Norman Paech today highlighted the solidarity and humanism of the Cuban medical contingent Henry Reeve and reiterated their support for the international campaign to award it the Nobel Peace Prize.

In an interview granted to the Junge Welt newspaper, both agreed that the work of Cuban doctors, nurses and technicians in dozens of countries contributes to world peace and sets the course to follow if we want to put an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Paech, a lawyer and professor emeritus of Political Science and Public Law at the University of Hamburg, highlighted the role of the detachment in dealing with natural disasters and epidemics since its creation in 2005 by the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro.

This aid, which has been provided uninterruptedly for 15 years, is of enormous value. Despite the U.S. blockade, which has been in force for almost 60 years, Cuban society has made the effort to organize a remarkable initiative, he said.

Likewise, Elsner, a renowned economist and professor at the University of Bremen, assured that Cuba’s support to other countries is a symbol of hope in a world marked by poverty, hunger, conflicts and the Covid-19 pandemic.

On the other hand, the experts rejected the US aggressions against the island and the attempts to defame the government of that nation by accusing it of human trafficking.

That is completely absurd. For a country that has left a trail of blood in the world, a humanitarian program of a small state represents a danger to its own system and a thorn in its eye, said Paech.

In turn, Elsner asserted that, despite the U.S. attacks, the island is a world health power, which is reflected in the protocols applied to contain Covid-19 and in its biomedical and pharmaceutical development.

Cuba promised to make its vaccines available to the poorest countries, which is a consequent action, if it is understood that the pandemic is a collective challenge. The people will remember who helped them at the time of need, he said.

For his part, Paech highlighted the progress of Soberana 02, one of the four vaccine candidates produced by Cuba, which will begin its third phase of clinical trials on March 1.

For both professors, the awarding of the Nobel Prize to the doctors of the Henry Reeve contingent would also be a recognition to the work done by Cuba and to a different way of seeing and facing the pandemic.


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