France grants 45 million euros to Cuba to produce vaccines

Havana, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) France will support Cuba to produce vaccines against meningitis and pneumonia, so it announced a fund of 45 million euros for that purpose.

The funding will go to the Finlay Vaccines Institute (IFV) for the next three years and will allow equipping and remodeling the vaccine production plants in Cuba, French Ambassador in Havana Patrice Paoli said at a meeting.

This collaboration is a priority for France in projects with Cuba in the health sector, the diplomat said. It represents a decisive step and the first disbursements are expected to be made in the remaining months of 2021.

In his words of gratitude, Cuban scientist and IFV Director Vicente Verez recalled that collaboration between Cuba and France in this sector has been going on for several years, and previously, the French Development Agency (AFD) granted 5.3 million euros (6.2 million dollars approximately) for the efforts to control the Covid-19 pandemic in Cuba.

This new financing will serve, together with that of the IFV, to expand the production of subunit vaccines, on whose platforms Cuban formulations against Covid-19 are based, Verez pointed out.

For the institution, by providing quality vaccines at an affordable price, distributed through the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), this project will improve the vaccination coverage against meningitis and pneumonia, and will contribute to reducing inequalities between countries and populations in terms of access to health and vaccination.

Present at the meeting were Inalvis Bonachaea, director of Trade Policy with Europe at the Ministry of Foreign Trade, and the vice president of the National Bank of Cuba, Maritza Rojo.

In the 1980s, the IFV developed VA-MENGOC-BC, which has been used massively since 1989 and was included in the National Immunization Program.


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Bolivian doctors donate syringes to Cuba for Covid vaccination

Bolivian doctors donate syringes to Cuba for Covid vaccination

La Paz, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) Bolivian doctors donated a batch of syringes and needles to Cuba for the vaccination campaign against Covid-19, a diplomatic source from Cuba said on Thursday.

The donation, which follows similar initiatives by local organizations and from other countries, was made by members of the National Medical Confederation and the Departmental Medical Federation of Oruro (Femedoruro).

Cuban Ambassador to Bolivia Danilo Sanchez, who replicated the event on Twitter, expressed gratitude for the solidarity materialized as part of the international campaign under the slogan ‘The blockade kills, your solidarity kills the blockade.’

In July, the Bolivia-Cuba Parliamentary Friendship Group began to promote the initiative, in addition to raising funds for aid and condemned the illegal blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba for almost 60 years ago.

The US blockade against Cuba, condemned by the overwhelming majority of the international community, is considered the most unjust, severe and prolonged system of sanctions against any country, the legislators denounced.

For more than a year of the Covid-19 pandemic, the US policy, far from minimizing its effects, has been intensified to unprecedented levels, thus having an impact on the fight against Covid-19.

Cuban health authorities plan to immunize more than 90 percent of the population this year with the Cuban-made Soberana 02 and Abdala vaccines, whose production has already been completed, local authorities confirmed on Wednesday.


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‘The US Aggressiveness Has No Limits,’ Diaz-Canel Warns

Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel (C), September 2021.
Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel (C), September 2021. | Photo: Twitter/ @DvidTwit

The Cuban President recalled that the July 11 destabilization attempts were preceded by an anti-revolutionary campaign led by the United States through social media. 

Sept 23 (teleSUR) During his speech at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Thursday, Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel denounced that the United States has been engaged in an unconventional war against the Cuban Revolution for the past 60 years. 

“Both within the U.S. and abroad, Washington tries to project a false image of the Cuban reality to sow confusion and justify its ‘Change of Government’ doctrine,” Diaz-Canel stressed, recalling that the July 11 destabilization attempts were preceded by an anti-Cuban campaign through social media.

Former President Donald Trump strengthened the U.S. economic blockade amidst the COVID-19 pandemic with 243 sanctions, and President Joe Biden included Cuba into the list of “State Sponsors of Acts of International Terrorism.”

“The U.S. aggressiveness against Cuba has no limits,” Diaz-Canel stressed, and pointed out that the Washington attacks were not only against his country.

“The U.S. pressure other independent states to build coalitions to overthrow legitimate progressive governments,” he said, explaining that this policy has hegemonic purposes.

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In other remarks, Diaz-Canel stated that international cooperation amidst the pandemic has been insufficient since citizens of developed countries have received over 80 percent of the COVID-19 vaccines administered so far in the world.

“It is urgent and morally imperative to collaborate in ensuring equitable access to health services,” he stressed, recalling that Cuba sent over 4,900 health professionals to 40 countries that needed support to fight the pandemic.

Finally, Diaz-Canel stressed that all Cubans are likely to be fully immunized against COVID-19 with the locally produced Abdala or Sovereign 02 vaccines by December. As of Sept. 20, this country’s health professionals had administrated 18,8 million doses of these vaccines.

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Cuba calls for international cooperation against Covid-19 at UN

Cuba calls for international cooperation against Covid-19 at UN

Havana, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuba considered urgent and undelayable international cooperation in the fight against Covid-19.

This was stated by President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who spoke virtually at the United Nations General Assembly, in the high-level segment of its 76th session.

The President said that neoliberal recipes implemented for decades reduced the capacity of the States to take care of their populations.

The most vulnerable have been left unprotected while rich nations and transnational pharmaceutical companies increase their profits, he said.

In view of the inequalities exposed by the pandemic, it is now urgently and cannot be postponed morally to join efforts and wills for the good of humanity, said Díaz-Canel.

He said that such purpose is unavoidable when millions of people died because of the disease and many others live in worse living conditions.


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The world wants the blockade on Cuba lifted, López Obrador insists

The world wants the blockade on Cuba lifted, López Obrador insists

Mexico, Sep 23 (Prensa Latina) Wanting to lift the blockade on Cuba is not a new thing, Mexico and the world have been asking for it for a long time at the UN General Assembly, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador insisted today.

To illustrate his words, the president showed in his morning press conference the last vote in the United Nations where 184 of the 193 countries voted for, while only the United States and Israel opposed it and 3 member states abstained.

The president thus answered a question in his morning press conference at the National Palace regarding the campaign promoted by ‘Universal’, ‘Reforma’ and other conservative media against his government for inviting president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, to the celebration for independence and bringing up the issue at the Summit of the Latin American and Caribbean Community.

He ruled out that this invitation affects relations with the United States, since Mexico is synonym of friendship, and we are not going to confront anyone as conservatives would like, he said.

Our adversaries would like us to pick a fight with the United States, but they will be dissapointed, all because they did not like the invitation to the president of Cuba; They are not right, we have very good relations with that government as well as with Washington.

He recalled that it is not only a question of making statements against the blockade as in the UN, but doing something and trying not to allow this injustice because no people has the right to block or subdue another.

Regarding the media campaign, he said that conservatism is perverse, but the government of Mexico complies with the foreign policy principles established by the Constitution.

We are a free and independent country that applies the words of Juárez : both among people and among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace, the president ratified.

Therefore, he pointed out, I see the future with optimism because we must seek the unity of all the peoples of America, because it is not possible to continue with that idea of ​​’America for the Americans’ which is for the United States only.

The region belongs to everyone and is for everyone, hegemonies and domination do not fit, he insisted.

A nation cannot intervene in the decisions of other peoples, there must be respect for the principle of non-intervention and self-determination of the peoples, he stated.

Regarding Cuba’s relations with the United States, he recalled how President James Carter accepted the agreement proposed by General Omar Torrijos to return the Canal and its Zone to the sovereignty of Panama to which it belonged, an extraordinary historical event that the world applauded, and today it is the main income of that country.


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Cuba criticizes inhumane treatment of migrants on US southern border

Havana, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel criticized today the violation of the human rights of migrants on the southern border of the United States.

They sell the ‘American dream’ to the world and welcome migrants with a nightmare at the border. Who spoke of Human Rights?, the Cuban president wrote on Twitter, where he posted a photograph depicting the repression against Haitians who try to cross to US from Mexico.

On the social network, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez said that the abuse against these people expresses the racist contempt of the US border law enforcement agents.

The causes of emigration must be eradicated without repression, he pointed out.

Since last Sunday, the United States government deported some 500 Haitians who were in an improvised camp under the international bridge that connects Acuña city (Mexico) with Del Río (Texas), after a massive border crossing.

Images of police officers on horseback charging on them triggered an international repudiation for its brutality.

This Tuesday, the state Office for the Protection of Citizens from Haiti criticized the treatment and asked the United States authorities to seek solutions among the governments involved.

Also, a group of US-based Haitian lawyers announced their intention to file legal actions to stop what they consider summary expulsions.

The Caribbean nation is the poorest in the region and is going through a severe crisis deepened by recent natural phenomena and political events that, along with the situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, are driving the displacement of its population.


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Bridges of Love calls global caravan against sanctions against Cuba

Washington, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The promoter of the Bridges of Love, Carlos Lazo, on Wednesday called a new global caravan to demand the end of the United States blockade and the lifting of the sanctions that punish the Cuban people.

In statements to Prensa Latina, the Cuban-American professor pointed out that participation in the caravan, scheduled for Sunday, was confirmed from several cities in the United States, Canada and Europe.

The streets of Miami, Las Vegas, New York and Seattle will be the scene of these caravans that advocate bridges of love between the peoples of Cuba and the United States, he pointed out.

Brussels, in Belgium, and other cities in European countries will also join the initiative, Lazo said.

The global caravan for the end of the blockade is one of many events promoted by the Bridges of Love project to draw attention on the blockade imposed by Washington on Cuba for more than 60 years.

The activist called on people of goodwill from any corner of the planet to join the initiative and if they live somewhere where a caravan is not scheduled, then let them be the light in the dark and take photos with the flags from Cuban and the country where they live, he said.

In addition, Lazo called a worldwide Tweeter campaign on Sunday at 12 noon, Cuban time.

We invite to tweet US President Joe Biden, asking him that the sanctions against the Cuban people be lifted, he stressed.

Lazo recently traveled to Cuba to bring humanitarian donations and met with activists, religious and political leaders, and people from the community.

As part of his visit, he also met with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel to discuss relations with emigration, the United States blockade and other issues.

Last July, the Bridges of Love project made a 2,000-kilometer walk from Miami to Washington, and met with several activists in front of the White House.

There, Lazo gave the US government a petition backed by more than 27,000 signatures, in which they urge Biden to lift the blockade against Cuba and improve relations.

He also spoke on that occasion with the assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs of the US Department of State, Emily Mendrala.

Bridges of Love regularly holds caravans in several US cities to demand the end of the US blockade and the more than 240 sanctions imposed by Washington on Cuba.


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End of US blockade against Cuba demanded at UN general debate

United Nations, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) The international demand for the end of the United States blockade against Cuba was raised again at the high-level debate of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in his video speech before the plenary, condemned the unilateral sanctions that are imposed on his nation and Cuba.

Venezuela raises its voice with justice and for humanity for Cuba, a Republic and a heroic people, said the president, who recalled the many opportunities that the annual vote at the UN General Assembly has had the majority support for the lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade by the United States.

Meanwhile, Suriname’s President, Chandrikapersad Santokhi, highlighted in his speech in person that isolations and trade blockades, such as in Cuba’s case, must cease, and favored dialogue to resolve these differences and conflicts within the framework of the United Nations.

On Tuesday, Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado also demanded that the unilateral measures contrary to international law that affect the Cuban people cease.

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and repeatedly last year, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called for the lifting of all sanctions and unilateral coercive measures that prevent an adequate response to the health crisis.


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Cuban president reaffirms commitment to climate change at UN

Havana, Sep 22 (Prensa Latina) President Miguel Diaz-Canel reaffirmed Cuba’s commitment to climate change, at a meeting of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) at the United Nations on Wednesday.

In his virtual speech, the Cuban president demanded the developed nations’ necessary commitment to prevent the destruction of the environment by irrational consumption patterns.

‘The developed countries must assume their responsibility in support of the efforts to achieve sustainable development for all peoples and to save the planet from the threats they have caused,’ he stressed.

Diaz-Canel also ratified Cuba’s solidarity and humanistic will in the face of these risks.

‘We will continue to promote cooperation, especially in health, and share experiences in risk reduction,’ he added.

The head of State reiterated Cuba’s commitment to comply with the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement and the Samoa Pathway, while supporting the declaration of the Alliance of Small Island States.


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Maduro Denounces Ivan Duque’s Conspiracy Against the Dialogue

President Nicolas Maduro, Mexico, Sep. 18, 2021.
President Nicolas Maduro, Mexico, Sep. 18, 2021. | Photo: Twitter/ @NicolasMaduro

“Iván Duque heads the conspiracy against peace in Venezuela and the dialogues in Mexico,” accused the head of state.

Sept 21 (teleSUR) The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, denounced on Tuesday that his Colombian counterpart Iván Duque orchestrates destabilization maneuvers, with the support of the White House, against the dialogue process taking place in Mexico between the Bolivarian Government and the oppositions.

During the official launching of the Aristóbolo Istúriz Campaign Command, the President expressed that “Iván Duque leads the conspiracy against peace in Venezuela and the dialogues in Mexico,” and said that the head of the Executive delegation, Deputy Jorge Rodríguez, will take the evidence of the plans orchestrated in Colombia to attack Venezuela to the next round of talks.

“We believe in dialogue and we will advance in agreements in pursuit of the economic recovery and peace of the nation,” added the Head of State, while urging the oppositions to play fair and move away from violent and terrorist plans, when referring to the increase and intensification of the war of extremist sectors against Venezuelan public services such as the electric station in the State of Aragua and the cyber-attack to Banco de Venezuela S.A.

The Venezuelan head of State stated that the nation has the spiritual strength to face a continued unconventional and Machiavellian war against the people, which aims at boycotting the democratic electoral process.

Regarding the upcoming elections, President Maduro pointed out that the Aristóbolo Istúriz Campaign Command has eight work teams for the mega-elections of November 21.

Positive feelings about the Celac Summit

The Venezuelan statesman also referred to the positive balance left by the VI Summit of Heads of State of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac). He said that Venezuela went to extend its hand for the understanding of Latin America.

“We approved a set of guidelines for the future of Celac, its institutional strengthening and other proposals such as the creation of a general secretariat and the reactivation of councils of ministers at the economic and financial, social and political levels in the member countries.

He also described the participation of Venezuela, which arrived on behalf of poor and working people, as a significant impact. He described the exchanges with his counterparts from Bolivia, Cuba, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Mexico and Peru as profitable.

With the Peruvian President, Pedro Castillo, he discussed issues of great interest such as the Return to the Homeland Plan, which promotes the return of Venezuelans from Peru (some 42,000 currently registered); and joint agreements in the economic and commercial spheres associated with the purchase of Peruvian industrial and agricultural products.

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