Viewing from March 2020

Coronavirus updates: reports on Cuba’s international response to COVID-19

News from Cuba | Friday, 27 March 2020

Coronavirus update Stories on Cuba’s international response to coronavirus On 27 March Cuba itself had 80 cases of coronavirus, resulting in two deaths, and more than 1,500 people in quarantine. Doctors and medical students throughout the country are taking place in door to door health check ups and reminding people of what ... read more

US pressures countries to reject Cuban aid during coronavirus pandemic

News from Cuba | Friday, 27 March 2020

Cuba has played a leading role in the global fight against the outbreak, sending medical teams and aid to some of the worst-affected countries, including Italy. It has also provided supplies of the interferon alfa-2b, which has proved effective when used to treat more than 1,500 coronavirus patients and is one ... read more

Cuba protests at "offensive statements" by US on Cuban doctors fighting coronavirus

News from Cuba | Thursday, 26 March 2020

Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba (MINREX) Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented a Diplomatic note of protest to the United States Government in response to recent particularly offensive statements by the Department of State resulting in a continued and exacerbated campaign of discredit and lies against ... read more

Cuba welcomes UN demand to suspend sanctions in the face of Covid-19

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 25 March 2020

The Cuban Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez, has welcomed a statement from Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, demanding the suspension US sanctions against Cuba in light of the difficulties faced around the world due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The Minister of Foreign Affairs went on to say ... read more

Lula: The Cuban people show the world an example of solidarity

News from Cuba | Monday, 23 March 2020

Dear Miguel Díaz-Canel, President of the Republic of Cuba I am writing to tell you of the emotion I felt when I saw the image of Cuban doctors arriving in Italy to help the victims of the coronavirus pandemic in that country. Once again the government and people of Cuba are giving the ... read more

The interferon project began in 1981, after Fidel met U.S. doctor Randolph Lee Clark. Photo: Granma Archives

The history of interferon in Cuba, in use today to treat Covid-19

News from Cuba | Monday, 23 March 2020

Cuba’s pride in Interferon Alfa 2b is a natural reaction given the international prestige enjoyed by the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology which produces the medication. Recombinant Human Interferon Alpha 2b continues to make headlines around the world and captures the interest of readers given its effectiveness in treating patients ... read more

Cuban doctors observe a procedure at a health clinic in Brasilia, Brazil. Cuba was forced by the Bolsonaro regime to end a program that sent doctors to remote regions of Brazil. Now Brazil has fallen

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Bolsonaro’s Brazil begs for Cuban doctors – after expelling them

News from Cuba | Monday, 23 March 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the health infrastructure of countries around the world. Desperate to contain the deadly virus, hard-hit countries, including even rich European nations like Italy and Britain, have reached out for expert medical help from Cuba, China, and Venezuela. Even Brazil, currently under the control of a far-right ... read more

Cuban doctors hold an image of late Cuban President Fidel Castro during a farewell ceremony before departing to Italy to assist, amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) ou

Cuban doctors head to Italy to battle coronavirus

News from Cuba | Sunday, 22 March 2020

HAVANA (Reuters) - Communist-run Cuba said it dispatched a brigade of doctors and nurses to Italy for the first time this weekend to help in the fight against the novel coronavirus at the request of the worst-affected region Lombardy. The Caribbean island has sent its “armies of white robes” to disaster ... read more

Crew members of British cruise ship MS Braemar hold a sign reading “I love you Cuba’’ at the harbor in Mariel, Cuba, on March 18, 2020. (Photo by Adalberto Roque/AFP via Getty Images

Cuba’s Welcome to a Covid-19-Stricken Cruise Ship Reflects a Long Pattern of Global Humanitarian Commitment

News from Cuba | Saturday, 21 March 2020

On March 12, as a British ocean liner approached the Bahamas with almost 50 passengers and crew displaying symptoms of, or diagnosed with, the coronavirus, many on board hoped that their “voyage of the damned” to find a Caribbean nation that would allow them to dock was finally over. The ... read more

Cuba Cuba Sends 144 Health Workers to Combat the Covid-19 in Jamaica

News from Cuba | Saturday, 21 March 2020

Cuba has also sent its doctors to Venezuela and Suriname over the last days. Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Saturday announced that his country is sending a medical brigade to combat the Covid-19 Pandemic in Jamaica, a Caribbean country that has been going through a severe economic and political crisis ... read more

Cuba faces squeeze on food production as US oil sanctions bite

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Justo Rodríguez mashes through the mud, whipping the two oxen that guide his iron plough as it slowly carves a furrow in the dry soil. In normal times Rodríguez, 60, uses a tractor to plough these fields. But for months, the farm where he works 12 miles east of Havana, hasn’t ... read more

What coronavirus revealed about national mindsets across the world — and how Cuba came out on top

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 18 March 2020

A British cruise ship in distress this week turned to the US government for help and was refused In a sign of true global solidarity, Cuba today allowed MS Braemer, a British cruise ship, to dock on its shores despite having at least five confirmed coronavirus cases on board and another ... read more

El Secretario de Relaciones Exteriores británico, Dominic Raab, agradece a Cuba por la asistencia al coronavirus

Campaign News | Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Dominic Raab, el Secretario de Estado de Asuntos Exteriores y de la Commonwealth del Reino Unido, agradeció hoy al Gobierno cubano en el parlamento por su ayuda con el crucero británico MS Braemar, que tenía pasajeros con infecciones por coronavirus. Hizo la declaración ministerial a parlamentarios hoy en el parlamento en ... read more

PRESS RELEASE: Dominic Raab thanks Cuba for coronavirus assistance

Campaign News | Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Dominic Raab, the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, thanked the Cuban Government today in parliament for their assistance with the stricken British cruise ship the MS Braemar which had passengers with possible coronavirus infections. He made the ministerial statement to MPs in parliament today “I spoke to ... read more

CNN - Cuba is repurposing factories to produce face masks

News from Cuba | Monday, 16 March 2020

The communist-run island's government has said that a textile factory in Sanctí Spriritus, Cuba, is producing face masks with the aim of protecting people from the coronavirus, instead of making school uniforms and other items. Masks have become increasingly hard to find in many countries hard hit by the outbreak of ... read more

Cuba gives permission for cruise ship carrying COVID-19 patients to dock citing solidarity and health as a human right

News from Cuba | Monday, 16 March 2020

A British cruise ship carrying five passengers who have tested positive for the coronavirus is to dock in Cuba after being turned away by other countries. The MS Braemar, which is carrying six hundred passengers, most of whom are British, had been stranded at sea for two days while trying ... read more

BioCubaFarma Guarantees Production of Drugs for COVID-19

News from Cuba | Sunday, 15 March 2020

Interferon Alpha 2B, produced in Cuba, as well as another group of medications, are part of the protocol to care for patients with the virus. The Cuban pharmaceutical industry guaranteed Saturday the production of the 22 drugs used for the treatment of the COVID-19 coronavirus, especially Interferon Alpha 2B, which has ... read more

Cuba uses wave energy to support recovery of coastal ecosystem

News from Cuba | Friday, 6 March 2020

Cayo Coco, Ciego de Ávila. – A team of specialists from Cuba and Mexico has been able to show how a wave amplifier system can enhance a lagoon’s water exchange with the open sea, restore indicators of environmental health, and recover such coastal bodies of water in a short time, ... read more