New Delhi, Mar 27 (Prensa Latina) ‘Cuba’s Coronavirus Response Is Putting Other Countries to Shame’ is the title of an article published recently in The Wire.
The Indian news website noted how the blockaded Caribbean island saved the MS Braemar, a transatlantic cruise ship carrying 682 passengers from the United Kingdom, from the pandemic, after it was rejected in several Caribbean ports.
The ship was stranded at high sea when five people on board tested positive for the new coronavirus and scores of passengers and crew members were isolated after showing symptoms of Covid-19.
The United Kingdom contacted both the United States and Cuba in its search for an entry port for the MS Braemar, but only Cuba received the cruise ship.
After docking in the Cuban port of Mariel, the passengers who were healthy enough to travel to their countries of origin were taken to Havana’s international airport.
Those who were too sick to fly were offered treatment at local hospitals, although Cuba only had ten confirmed Covid-19 cases at the time, and accepting the cruise patients might pose a threat for the Caribbean island.
Despite being a poor nation due to the effects of the 60-year-old economic blockade imposed by the United States, Cuba is better positioned that many countries to confront the coronavirus pandemic, The Wire noted.
It added that Cuba’s health system guarantees medical care to all people, with biotechnological innovations like the antiviral drug Interferon Alfa-2B, which successfully helped fight the coronavirus in China.
‘The same humanitarian and internationalist spirit that led Cuba to allow the Braemar to dock has also led the tiny country to send doctors to assist Haiti after that nation’s devastating 2010 earthquake, fight Ebola in West Africa in 2014, and, most recently, help Italy’s overwhelmed health system amid the coronavirus pandemic,’ The Wire noted.
It recalled that Cuba offered similar assistance to the US people after Hurricane Katrina hit that country, but it was rebuffed by the Bush administration.