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US Campaign Against Cuba’s Medical Brigades Targets Healthcare, Not ‘Forced Labor’

News from Cuba | Sunday, 31 May 2020

On May 7, 2019, US Sen. Marco Rubio wrote a letter that urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to increase pressure on governments benefiting from what he alleged was the “forced labor” of Cuban doctors. Rubio’s letter even claimed that the practice constitutes “human trafficking” by Cuba. Two months later, ... read more

Cuba: an internationalist response to the COVID-19 global health crisis - online meeting

Campaign News | Friday, 29 May 2020

Join our live online discussion to hear Cuban health specialists talk about how the island is fighting coronavirus at home and abroad. Monday, 1 June 2020, 6:30pm Register hereGuest speakers: Dr Jorge Delgado Bustillo: Director of Cuba’s Central Medical Collaboration Unit (UCCM), responsible for the international teams of Cuban medics volunteering in 59 ... read more

Cuba Solidarity Campaign calls for brave Cuban medical brigades to be awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Campaign News | Friday, 29 May 2020

The Cuba Solidarity Campaign is adding its name to the growing worldwide call for the Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded to the Cuban international medical brigades that are fighting the coronavirus pandemic in many countries across the world. Cuba has already sent over 2000 medics, to more than 20 countries ... read more

Cuba suggests United States to use subversion money in health insurance

News from Cuba | Thursday, 28 May 2020

The money that United States annually allocates to promote subversion against Cuba could guarantee health insurance of some 10,000 people in that country, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said on Twitter today. According to the Cuban FM, health insurance in USA exceeds four thousand dollars a year per capita, while the ... read more

US: Bid To Discard Lawsuit On Cuban Properties Granted In Court

News from Cuba | Thursday, 28 May 2020

On 27 May, South Florida District Judge Robert N. Scola dismissed a lawsuit against Booking, Hotels, Expedia, and Orbitz supported by Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, activated by Trump administration in May 2019.Scola definitively dismissed the lawsuit filed by Mario Del Valle, Enrique Falla, and Angelo Pou after ... read more

Cuba only country displaying

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Noam Chomsky has described Cuba as the only country demonstrating "genuine internationalism" by sending its medical brigades around the world during the coronavirus pandemic despite suffering sixty years of blockade from the United States. The US philosopher and linguist was speaking during an interview with EFE news agency from his ... read more

Cuba Has Sent 2,000 Doctors and Nurses Overseas to Fight Covid-19

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 26 May 2020

The Trump administration describes Cuba’s medical response teams as “slaves”—Ed Augustin asked the doctors for their take. Havana—As the novel coronavirus encircled the globe, tearing through health care systems, heavily affected countries sent out pleas for doctors. One small, downtrodden island answered the call. Cuba has sent more than 2,000 doctors ... read more

Homage to Cuban doctors in Plaza Duomo, Crema, Italy. May 23rd, 2020

Italy Recommends Cuban Medical Brigade for Nobel Peace Prize

News from Cuba | Monday, 25 May 2020

The Secretary of Health and Welfare of the government of the Lombardy region, Giulio Gallera, and the president of the National Association of Italian-Cuban Friendship (Anaic), Irma Dioli, attended the homage rally to support the Cuban doctors. Cuban ambassador in Italy, Jose Carlos Rodríguez, and the general consul in Milan, ... read more

Cuba credits two drugs with slashing coronavirus death toll

News from Cuba | Friday, 22 May 2020

Cuba said this week that use of two drugs produced by its biotech industry that reduce hyper-inflammation in seriously ill COVID-19 patients has sharply curbed its coronavirus-related death toll. Health authorities have reported just two virus-related deaths over the past nine days among more than 200 active cases on the Caribbean’s ... read more

MPs send solidarity and appreciation to Cuba for humanitarian work during covid-19 pandemic

Campaign News | Thursday, 21 May 2020

Grahame Morris MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cuba in the British parliament sent a message of solidarity to the Cuban people and appreciation for the work of Cuban medical brigades during the coronavirus pandemic on 20 May. In a video message recorded for the Cuban parliament, he ... read more

Twenty days of complicit silence

News from Cuba | Thursday, 21 May 2020

Since the terrorist attack on Cuba’s embassy in Washington, authorities in the country where the deplorable act took place have shown no interest in the event itself or repeated demands for official information by our government. Twenty days since the terrorist attack on Cuba’s embassy in Washington, neither the event itself, ... read more

Extraterritorial impact of the blockade is “contrary to international law” says UK Government

Campaign News | Tuesday, 19 May 2020

The British government reiterated its opposition to the US blockade of Cuba in a reply to a parliamentary question on 18 May. Wendy Morton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that US counterparts were “aware of our opposition to the embargo” and that the British government was ... read more

Cuba Develops Effective Peptide Against COVID-19

News from Cuba | Monday, 18 May 2020

Cuba’s Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) developed the CIGB-258, a new protein effective in Covid-19 treatment.“It is an immunomodulatory peptide, derived from the cellular stress response protein, known as HSP60. This molecule was designed by bioinformatic tools and is obtained by chemical synthesis,” affirmed CIGB’s researcher Dr. Gillian ... read more

Fifth day without deaths and COVID-19 infections in Cuba drop to nine

News from Cuba | Monday, 18 May 2020

Yesterday, 1,951 tests were processed, 970 people were hospitalized and 2,293 were under surveillance in their homes. Five consecutive days without COVID-19 leaving deaths in Cuba. “It’s not to be over-confident, but it is the result of popular participation,” said Francisco Durán, national director of epidemiology, at the press conference of ... read more

TAKE ACTION: Help Cuba fight COVID-19 and the US blockade

Campaign News | Saturday, 16 May 2020

Help Cuba fight COVID-19 and the US blockade Please sign our open letter asking for the US blockade to be lifted to help Cuba fight the coronavirus at home and abroad. Cuba has shown international solidarity to Britain and other countries during this global pandemic, now is our chance to show our ... read more

COVID-19 Emergency Appeal for Cuba

Campaign News | Friday, 15 May 2020

Cuba needs ventilators, testing kits and personal protective equipment now Please donate to our appeal here today The Cuba Solidarity Campaign has launched an emergency appeal to provide urgent medical aid to help Cuba during the coronavirus pandemic. Make a donation The United States blockade was already responsible for shortages in medical supplies, food, ... read more

U.S. government silence denounced

News from Cuba | Friday, 15 May 2020

Following April 30 attack on Cuban embassy in Washington, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez insists on full investigation of assailant’s ties with anti-Cuban extremists. During an online press conference May 12, from the Ministry’s headquarters in Havana, Cuban Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, denounced the U.S. government´s complicit silence in ... read more

With Castro-era biotech, Cuba seeks to compete in coronavirus treatment race

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 13 May 2020

HAVANA (Reuters) - Communist-run Cuba, laboring under a six-decade U.S. embargo, is betting a biotech sector begun by late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro can give the Caribbean island an edge in a global race to find effective treatments for the new coronavirus. Cuba is especially touting an interferon it produces, a ... read more

U.S. says Cuba is not cooperating fully on counterterrorism

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 13 May 2020

HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration said on Wednesday it had put Cuba back on the list of countries that do not cooperate fully with its efforts to counter terrorism, in a further escalation of U.S. tensions with the Communist-run country. The State Department justified the move by Cuba’s refusal of ... read more

A worker transports medical supplies donated to Cuba from China. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

Cuba begins mass testing for Covid-19 as new cases fall to fewer than 20 per day

News from Cuba | Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Cuba has begun mass testing for coronavirus as it appeared to have contained infections, amid a partial shutdown that has exacerbated a shortage of basic goods. New cases have fallen to fewer than 20 per day from a peak of around 50 in April. Since the first Covid-19 illness was reported two ... read more

Mobilizing Primary Health Care: Cuba’s Powerful Weapon against COVID-19

News from Cuba | Monday, 11 May 2020

A strong foundation of primary care is critical to the health system and is particularly important during pandemics like COVID-19. Primary care practices should be a natural fit for triaging, testing, treating, and educating patients. —Corinne Lewis, Shanoor Seervai, Tanya Shah,Melinda K. Abrams, and Laurie Zephyrin MDThe Commonwealth Fund, ... read more

Cuba to Begin Mass-Scale COVID-19 Testing

News from Cuba | Sunday, 10 May 2020

Starting next week, a considerable part of the population will be given tests to detect possible positive cases of COVID-19. Dr. Francisco Durán, national director of Epidemiology of the Cuban Ministry of Public Health, reported on Sunday that a considerable part of the population will be given tests to ... read more

Grahame Morris MP

British MPs question government on support to fight COVID-19

Campaign News | Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Grahame Morris, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cuba, received a response from the British government on 4 May to a question he had asked about UK aid to the island during the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Morris, MP for Easington, asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth ... read more

US Lawmakers Support Cuba in the Purchase of Medical Supplies

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Cubans suffer from an acute shortage of food and medicine caused by the U.S. blockade.​​​ At least 25 U.S. lawmakers Tuesday signed a letter requesting President Donald Trump's administration to allow Cuba access to medical supplies to fight COVID-19. The Democratic lawmakers urge that they certify that U.S. policy does not ... read more

Non-Aligned Movement Virtual Summit

News from Cuba | Monday, 4 May 2020

The President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, is participating in the videoconference this morning, May 4, accompanied by Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez and José Ángel Portal Miranda, minister of Public Health. The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Virtual Summit "United against COVID-19" is being held this Monday, May 4, via ... read more

Diaz-Canel: "If we had globalized solidarity as the market was globalized, the story would be different"

News from Cuba | Monday, 4 May 2020

Statement by Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Republic of Cuba during Non-Aligned Movement Online Summit “United against COVID-19” May 4, 2020 Your Excellencies, Esteemed President Ilham Aliyev, Distinguished heads of state and government, I thank Azerbaijan, as chair of the Non-Aligned Movement, for calling this meeting to discuss the urgent, necessary efforts which allow ... read more

Cuban embassy attacked by gunfire in Washington

News from Cuba | Friday, 1 May 2020

CUBA has offered to help the US investigate an attack on its embassy in Washington after a gunman opened fire on the socialist island’s diplomatic headquarters late on Thursday. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez condemned the attack and urged the US government to clarify what happened and offer a guarantee that such ... read more