Canada’s Calixto Garcia Brigade promotes solidarity with Cuba

Holguin, Cuba, Dec 7 (Prensa Latina) Canada’s Calixto Garcia Cuba Solidarity Brigade, founded in 2018, is developing an intense program of activities dedicated to promoting ties of friendship between the two nations in the eastern province of Holguin.

Claudia Peralta, from Chile and one of the group’s organizers, expressed her gratitude for the altruism of Cuba and its people with the world, which shows that “everything can be blocked but solidarity.”

For his part, the first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba in Holguin, Ernesto Santiesteban, highlighted the support from the brigade members in their fight against the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba, as well as the different donations made in this difficult stage of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Until next December 15, all 21 brigade members, from various cities in Canada, will meet with health professionals, including members of the Henry Reeve Contingent, with broad support in internationalist medical collaboration.

They will also visit at Ibero-America’s House, Bariay Key, where Christopher Columbus landed on October 28, 1492, and will participate in a volunteer work day in an agricultural center in the city of Holguin.

The Brigade’s agenda in eastern Cuba also includes tours of places of historic-social interest in the provinces of Las Tunas, Santiago de Cuba and Granma.

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Cuba Celebrates Health Workers on Day of Latin American Medicine

Cuba celebrates Latin American Medicine Day every December 3, to commemorate the birth of  Cuban epidemiologist Carlos J. Finlay, an occasion to thank doctors, nurses, scientists, and collaborators for their successful efforts against Covid-19.
Cuba celebrates Latin American Medicine Day every December 3, to commemorate the birth of Cuban epidemiologist Carlos J. Finlay, an occasion to thank doctors, nurses, scientists, and collaborators for their successful efforts against Covid-19. | Photo: Twitter/@EmbacubaNZ

On the day commemorating Latin American Medicine, teleSUR English reproduces in full the speech offered by Cuban Minister of Health Jose Angel Portal Miranda to the health workers of Cuba and the region.

Dec 3 (teleSUR)

“Havana, December 3, 2021

“Year 63 of the Revolution”.

Dear Cuban health workers and students:

The work of Cuban health professionals is part of our history: it is so today, in the midst of the complex scenario imposed on us by COVID-19, and it has been so throughout all these years of Revolution.

And although it is a task that is simply born from our determination to save lives and restore hope to the people, it is inevitable to recognize the great dedication, responsibility and commitment with which they work every day in the most diverse scenarios.

COVID-19 has imposed new and difficult challenges on us in these almost two years of relentless confrontation with the virus, in which it has been necessary to establish priorities among so many emergencies. Our workers and students have been able to rise to these challenges; behind each one of you there are sacrifices that are priceless and may never be known.

“To our doctors, who together with scientists have saved the country, many congratulations and infinite gratitude on #DayOfLatinAmericanMedicine. May the applause return today for you and for every life saved from #COVID19. Our heroes wear white coats. #CubaVive”

May this day of homage for the Latin American Medicine Day become a reason to multiply our sensitivity and professionalism in the noble purpose of protecting the health of our people.

We will continue counting on you for the great challenges we have ahead in defense of life, proud of this country, which knows that in your hands it is safe.

Thank you for being in every trench where you have been needed.

A hug,

Dr. José Angel Portal Miranda, Minister of Public Health.”

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Tribute in China to Cuban scientists’ work

Beijing, Dec 4 (Prensa Latina) Cuban children and adolescents on Saturday paid tribute from China to Cuban scientists and especially honored their work to obtain vaccines in record time to protect he population from Covid-19.

With poetry, experiments and interactive games, the children celebrated the training, achievements and prestige reached by those health professionals, even to similar levels to those of their colleagues in rich nations.

They met with representatives of the sector to learn about the research, development, production and results of the Cuban-made Covid-19 vaccines including Abdala (CIGB-66) and Soberana 02, which were developed thanks to the progress of Cuban biotechnology.

The officials explained that Cuba has been recognized as a scientific power globally for producing effective medicines and equipment to improve human health, and also in areas such as agriculture, veterinary medicine and the environment.

Those results, they added, have allowed Cuba to establish biotechnological cooperation with China in 2004, where three joint ventures prepare and market monoclonal antibodies to treat cancer, as well as different drugs, vaccines and agricultural products, among others.

One positive outcome of the Covid-19 pandemic is that it vindicated the value of health and science workers, who have faced a tough professional and personal test because they defend life at the risk of their own.

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South Africa describes relations with Cuba in education as successful

Cuba, Sudáfrica, relacione, educación

Pretoria, Dec 3 (Prensa Latina) South African Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga expressed satisfaction on Friday with the progress of the bilateral cooperation program with Cuba in her area.

In statements to Prensa Latina after meeting here with a delegation from the Cuban Ministry of Education, headed by First Deputy Minister Cira Piñeiro, Motshekga noted that that the collaboration program has worked extremely well.

In fact, she added, the provinces that work with Cuban education specialists want that link to continue.

The joint work with the Cuban delegation, she added, has been very good.

We are very excited. We want to thank the Cuban government for sending us that team, she said.

We feel very encouraged, emphasized the minister. We believe that Cuban experts are going to help us much more than they have done so far thanks to bilateral discussions.

I can say, she affirmed, that for us it was a great visit and a great experience.

For the future, with the renewal and expansion of the current agreement, we want to include other provinces, which are not currently part of the agreement, Motshekga revealed.

Currently under the Cooperation Agreement signed in 2019, 20 education professionals provide services in South Africa, mainly on subjects like Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in four of the country’s nine provinces.

During their stay in South Africa, the Cuban delegation visited the places where the Cuban specialists are working, among other events, in addition to meetings with directors of the Department of Basic Education to discuss the two governments’ strategic priorities in the sector.

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Cuba Participates in III China-CELAC Forum

Cuba participates in the III China-CELAC Forum, which works on the coordination of progressive forces to face the challenges of today's world for the good of our peoples and humanity.
Cuba participates in the III China-CELAC Forum, which works on the coordination of progressive forces to face the challenges of today’s world for the good of our peoples and humanity. | Photo: Twitter @CubaMINREX

The III China-CELAC Forum will work on coordinating progressive forces to face the challenges of today’s world for the good of our people and humanity.

Dec 2 (teleSUR) Cuba expressed its gratitude today for the solidarity and unwavering support received from the People’s Republic of China and its Communist Party, during the III China-CELAC Forum, which is being held virtually.

The Twitter account of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) expressed its gratitude to its Chinese counterpart and highlighted the excellent ties of friendship that unite both nations.

 “Cuba attaches high importance to the historic and fraternal ties of friendship that unite us with the CCP, which are in an exceptional state. The participation in this III Forum of Political Parties ratifies it,” the tweet refers. 

Chaired by the vice chief of the Department of International Relations of the CPC Central Committee, Juan Carlos Marsán Aguilera, the Cuban delegation participated today in the event.

Leaders or representatives of more than 100 political parties, organizations, and prestigious political scientists from more than 30 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are taking part in the virtual meeting.

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Puebla Group Rejects US Harsh Policy Against Cuba

Citizens take part in a demonstration to reject the U.S. blockade against Cuba, Vancouver, Canada, Nov. 28, 2021.
Citizens take part in a demonstration to reject the U.S. blockade against Cuba, Vancouver, Canada, Nov. 28, 2021. | Photo: Twitter/

“The U.S. coercive measures against the Island go against international conventions and obey the anachronistic logic of the Cold War”: Cuba’s Foreign Affairs Minister 

Dec 2 (teleSUR) On Thursday, Cuba’s Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez welcomed that the Puebla Group condemned the U.S. smear campaign and economic blockade against his country.

“We appreciate the solidarity of the Puebla Group with our people, who suffer the consequences of coercive policies that go against international conventions and obey the anachronistic logic of the Cold War,” Rodriguez stated.

The forum also condemned that Havana-based American diplomats backed destabilization attempts to overthrow the Cuban revolution. “I wonder how the U.S. will react if our consular service in Washington interferes in this country’s internal affairs,” the Chancellor argued.

“Cuba will always be grateful to the Puebla Group and continue to support it in the articulation of productive models and sustainable development programs for Latin America,” he said.

Dr. Roberto Morales [email protected].@SecBlinken announce new measures against #Cuba. The impotence and failure of his failed policy towards Cuba make them use ridiculous sanctions. Cuba lives, resists and advances with the dignity and creativity of its people. #UnblockedCuba

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On Tuesday, the Puebla Group applauded Cuban doctors who helped Mexicans and Italians when their countries experienced their worst COVID-19 waves. They also praised scientists who developed the Abdala, Sovereign 02, and Sovereign Plus coronavirus vaccines.

“Cuban vaccines mean hope for millions of Latin Americans,” the forum stressed, recalling that the Abdala vaccine has already been applied in Venezuela and Nicaragua successfully.

“We reaffirm our commitment to continue supporting regional efforts to contain the pandemic,” Rodriguez said, stressing that the Cuban scientists currently develop a coronavirus vaccine specifically designed for the Omicron strain.

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Human quality distinguishes Cuban doctors in Venezuela

Venezuela, Cuba, médicos

Caracas, Dec 3 (Prensa Latina) The work of Cuban speech therapist Hanoy González in caring for children with autism spectrum disorders is an example of the professionalism and human quality of the staff of the Cuban Medical Mission in Venezuela.

The consultation of the Cuban doctor at the Salvador Allende Integral Health Center, in Caracas, transmits hope to the parents of Venezuelan children mostly between four and six years old who come in search of specialized help to deal with this complex suffering.

“I have never seen so many patients with these characteristics, which forces us to do much more to achieve positive results,” the specialist, who has more than 20 years of experience, told Prensa Latina.

“When we receive cases of this type, we immediately apply a treatment aimed at developing cognitive activity in order to achieve progressive self-validation, accompanied by physiotherapy sessions,” González stated, who valued his experience of almost three years in Venezuela as “extraordinary” and “enriching”.

Young patients with disorders in psychomotor development were able to acquire their own skills in this area In the rehabilitation room of the Integral Health Center thanks to the constant efforts of Dr. Hanoy.

“For those children we work with our hearts, far from our family,” said González, who is one of the over 21,000 Cubans deployed throughout the 23 Venezuelan states and the Capital District, in order to bring free and quality health to the people.

Patients and relatives profess their constant gratitude to the doctor and his team, confirming their professionalism in the comprehensive care of infants, as well as in the preparation of the family environment to facilitate skills that allow living with this condition and handling possible aggressive behaviors.

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Cuba ratifies commitment to comply with UN Agenda 2030

Cuba, compromiso, agenda, 2030

Vienna, Dec 3 (Prensa Latina) Cuba has ratified here its commitment to comply with the objectives and implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda, particularly inclusive and sustainable industrial development, diplomatic sources indicated today.

The island faces great challenges and obstacles to achieve Sustainable Development, Cuban diplomat Marlen Redondo stressed while speaking at a session of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), taking place in Vienna.

To our double condition of small island developing state and middle-income country are added the challenges due to the international epidemiological situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, stressed the third secretary of the Cuban embassy in this country.

Cuba suffers the effects of being subjected to the most unjust, severe and prolonged unilateral sanctions applied against any State: the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States for 60 years, she added.

Such siege was unprecedentedly tightened by the previous US administration of Donald Trump (2017-2021) in the epicenter of the pandemic, without any change to date, the official argued.

Despite this, Cuba continues with progress in its economic, social and environmental development and reinforce its efforts in achieving sustainable recovery, she stressed.

According to Redondo, these aspirations are based on the political will of the Cuban state and people, the knowledge of its professionals and the importance given to partnerships for development.

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Venezuela organizes solidarity meeting with Cuba

Venezuela, Cuba, encuentro, solidaridad

Caracas, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuela-Cuba Friendship and Mutual Solidarity Movement will hold the 11th edition of its national meeting, with an agenda focused on strengthening ties between the two nations, organizers informed on Tuesday.

Scheduled for December 3 and 4, the meeting will pay special tribute to the 27th anniversary of the first meeting between revolutionary leaders, Fidel Castro (1926-2016) and Hugo Chavez (1954-2013), who on December 13, 1994, starred in an embrace in Havana that would trace the path of a future of unity and cooperation.

In statements to Prensa Latina, Yhonny Garcia Calles, national coordinator of the friendship movement between the two countries, said that the main objective of the event is to strengthen the organizational work in order to consolidate the solidarity actions and support to the island.

Likewise, the denunciation of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against Cuba, a cruel and genocidal policy that is also implemented against Venezuela as part of the strategy for a regime change will top the main agenda of the meeting, the activist underlined.

Among other activities, Cuban Ambassador to Caracas Dagoberto Rodriguez will give the keynote speech “Venezuela and Cuba united in the face of imperial aggression.”

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Aeroflot resumes flights to Havana from December 21

AEroflot, Cuba, reanudación, vuelos, Habana

Moscow, Nov 30 (Prensa Latina) The Russian company Aeroflot will resume its flights between this capital and Havana, Cuba, from December 21, on Tuesdays and Fridays each week, reported this Tuesday the main airline of this country.

It also indicated that it will operate the route with Airbus A350 aircraft and has already started selling tickets to the main Cuban city. At present, Aeroflot operates three weekly flights to Varadero, Cuba’n resort.

Juan Carlos Escalona, Tourism Counselor of the Cuban Embassy in Russia, explained to Prensa Latina that the other novelty in the links between both countries are the flights of the Azur Air line between St. Petersburg and Varadero.

He indicated that these will begin on December 26 every 10 days.

Russia will resume flights to Cuba, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica as from December 1, according to the approval of the national general staff for the fight against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

At the meeting held on November 16, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said that the suspension of restrictions was authorized after an individual examination of the epidemiological situation of each nation.

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