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NYT: Cuba reports a high success rate for its homegrown Abdala vaccine #covid19

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

Cuba reports a high success rate for its homegrown Abdala vaccine

 
Cuban officials began using two locally developed vaccines in May, before Phase 3 trials were complete. A man received a dose in Havana last Thursday.
Cuban officials began using two locally developed vaccines in May, before Phase 3 trials were complete. A man received a dose in Havana last Thursday.
Credit...Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters

Cuba began its Covid-19 mass vaccination campaign more than a month ago with homegrown, unproven vaccines, wagering that they would prove effective enough to blunt the rapid spread of the coronavirus on the cash-strapped Caribbean island.

The gamble appears to be paying off.

The Cuban health authorities said on Monday that their country’s three-shot Abdala vaccine had proved about 92 percent effective against the coronavirus in late-stage clinical trials.

Throughout the pandemic, Cuba has declined to import foreign vaccines while striving to develop its own, the smallest country in the world to do so.

The announcement places Abdala among the most effective Covid vaccines in the world, according to data from clinical trials, on a par with Pfizer-BioNTech’s 95 percent rate, Moderna’s 94.1 percent, and Russia’s Sputnik V at 91.6 percent.

On Saturday, Cuba’s state-run biotech corporation, BioCubaFarma, said that another of its vaccines, Sovereign 2, had 62 percent efficacy after two of its three required doses. Results for the full three doses are expected in the next few weeks.

The vaccine news was seen as a rare cause for celebration on an island that has been hammered both by the pandemic, which has devastated its tourism industry, and by Trump-era economic sanctions that have not been eased by the Biden administration.

Cuba is currently experiencing its worst coronavirus outbreak since the start of the pandemic. It reported 1,561 new cases on Monday, a record.

In May the health authorities began a mass vaccination campaign in Havana before the completion of Phase 3 trials, which assess a vaccine’s effectiveness and safety. The emergency step was intended to help combat the Beta variant, first detected in South Africa, which was spreading rapidly in the Cuban capital. Close to one million Cubans — about 9 percent of the national population — have now received all three doses of either Abdala or Sovereign 2, according to official figures. Officials say they are seeing a slowing of the virus’s spread in Havana, where vaccinations have been concentrated so far.

Countries including Mexico, Argentina, Vietnam and Iran have expressed interest in Cuba’s coronavirus vaccines. The high announced rate of efficacy could reinforce hopes that biotechnology exports will help lift Cuba from the depths of its economic crisis.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/22/world/americas/cuba-vaccine-abdala.html


*important* CUBA BUSINESS REPORT: Risk Perception and the Incidence of COVID in Cuba

Walter Lippmann
 


RESUMEN: Cuba: The World Says ‘No More Blockade’

Walter Lippmann
 

RESUMEN

Cuba: The World Says ‘No More Blockade’

 

By Alejandra Garcia on June 22, 2021 in Havana

Cuba’s covid vaccine Abdala proves to be 92.28%  effective.

Tomorrow Cuba returns to the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York to demand an end to the blockade that the U.S. has been imposing on the island for almost six decades. As every year, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez will present to the international community the impact of this unilateral measure on the lives of Cubans, especially amid an unprecedented health crisis.

This year, one piece of news will mark the context of the vote: this week, the blockaded and besieged island announced to the world that two of its five vaccines have proved a very high percentage of efficacy against COVID-19, Abdala (92.28 percent after its three doses), and Soberana 02 (62 percent without adding the third dose of Soberana Plus).

Despite the most precarious economic conditions, exacerbated by Trump-era sanctions and the pandemic, the Island reached an impossible achievement. Abdala and Soberana are the first two immunizers to reach vaccine status in Latin America. Abdala is today the fourth most effective vaccine against the virus worldwide, only behind the U.S. Novavax, Pfizer, and Moderna.

“The confidence of the Cubans and government in its scientific institutions is paying off. Abdala and Soberana are more than vaccines, they result from a united people,” tweeted the foreign minister a few hours after arriving in New York, where he will present the report, “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the U.S. against Cuba.”

Contrary to Washington’s interests, Cuba has received extensive international support against the blockade for 25 consecutive years. The result will be no different this time. The world has witnessed the superhuman efforts of this Caribbean country to fight against COVID-19, even beyond its geography, despite a critical shortage of food, medicines, and other basic goods.

In 2020, the economic damages due to the blockade were stratospheric, according to the report drafted by the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From April to December last year alone, this policy caused Cuba $3,586.9 million in losses, bringing to over $147 billion the damages caused by the blockade to the country since its entry into force in 1962.

Today, the measure prevents Cuba from buying mechanical pulmonary ventilators, face masks, diagnostic kits, protective goggles, suits, gloves, reagents, and other supplies needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. “The availability of these resources can make the difference between life and death for patients carrying the virus and the health personnel who care for them,” the report stated.

Everything points to the fact that the economic affect will continue to grow this 2021, since the 242 measures imposed by former President Donald Trump (2017-2021), imposed to achieve a change in the political system on the Island, remain intact, including that of placing Cuba on the U.S. arbitrary list of countries that are allegedly sponsors of terrorism.

“Cuba is struggling with everything,” explained journalist Yudy Castro. “The U.S. economic blockade is that noose around the Cuban people’s neck that tightens… and tightens,” she added.

While Cuba advances in its immunization campaign, it faces increasing financial persecution and the refusal of foreign banking institutions to process operations of Cuban entities. Added to this is the closing of already established accounts and contracts, the constant return of bank transactions, and the cancellation of passwords for the exchange of information.

“The vicissitudes have worsened since the middle of last year, due to the damage to remittances and the aggressions against any entity more or less representative of the national economic panorama,” the journalist pointed out.

The U.S. has tried to isolate Cuba from the rest of the world. However, one message is going trending topic at this hour: “Cuba is not alone.” World leaders, social movements, political personalities have taken to the social networks to demand that President Joe Biden keep up with the times, which demand solidarity as never, and eliminate the measures imposed by his predecessor once and for all.

In less than one week, Cuba scores three victories over Washington: two official vaccines and the world’s support.

Source: Resumen Latinoamericano – English


CUBADEBATE: Evoluciona: Apklis announces a Videogame development contest

Walter Lippmann
 

Evoluciona: Apklis announces a Videogame development contest

The Android Applications Center, Apklis, invites all workers in the computer sector, students or lovers of mobile development, to participate in the Video Game Contest for the fight for the rights of women and girls.

In order to encourage the development of games in Cuba with themes related to the Evoluciona campaign, developers or enthusiasts linked to state institutions, as well as forms of non-state management, may participate. The members of the jury, the people who have participated in the preparation of the contest rules or in its organization will not be able to participate.

Participants will be able to present video games with the following themes:

  • Street harassment
  • Cyberbullying
  • Sexist violence
  • Control

Video games will be classified within each subject area and in two categories that will be evaluated independently.

  • Prototype or demo
  • Project completed

Video games submitted to the contest must comply with Apklis' publishing policies.

The jury is made up of specialists in gender violence issues from the Oscar Arnulfo Romeo center, technical specialists from Apklis, members of the Vilma Espín chair and the team from our Canal USB section.

Likewise, the jury will select a special award taking into account the creativity, design, adjustment to the thematic lines and quality of the video game presented.

All contestants will be awarded a certificate of participation and a prize and a special mention will be awarded.

  • Certificate that accredits it
  • Trophy
  • Publish to recommended apps for a month in Apklis
  • Advertising in different press media.
  • Others (souvenirs, refills etc)

The work that obtains the mention will receive as recognitions:

  • Certificate that accredits it
  • Trophy
  • Publication in Apklis.
  • Others

Those interested in participating must register before August 5, sending an email to apklis@... with the description of the video game, the members and the topic to be discussed. Subsequently, they must submit their proposal between August 10 and 18. The awards will be held virtually on August 23.

 

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CUBADEBATE: Impacts on electricity service will continue in the coming days

Walter Lippmann
 

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Impacts on electricity service will continue in the coming days 


Photo: Granma.

As reported on Saturday 19 of this monththe technological limitations in the thermal generation blocks, together with the units that are under maintenance, the breakdowns that occurred in the last hours and the limitations for the distribution of fuel to the generator sets of distributed generation, have affected the electricity service.

It is predicted that these effects will continue in the coming days, for which, the actions to regulate the demand in the state sector were implemented.

The rotations of the circuits to be affected are kept organized so that the maximum time of affectation does not exceed 4 hours.

Unión Eléctrica works non-stop to solve the faults presented, conclude the maintenance in progress in the shortest possible time and offers apologies for the inconvenience caused.

 

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WEDS. JUNE 23: Celebrate the Overwhelming Vote Against The Blockade!

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At the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting on June 23, Cuba will bring its annual resolution on the necessity to end the United States blockade against Cuba. For 28 consecutive votes, the UNGA has overwhelmingly voted in favor of ending this criminal and unjust U.S. policy towards Cuba. People around the world will be mobilizing at this important time - we invite you to unite your voice with people around the world at a 24-hour global virtual picket featuring speakers, cultural performances, live-streaming of UN debate and vote, and more!

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*has more detail* REUTERS: Cuba says Abdala vaccine 92.28% effective against coronavirus #covid19

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Cuba says Abdala vaccine 92.28% effective against coronavirus

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba said on Monday its three-shot Abdala vaccine against the coronavirus had proved 92.28% effective in last-stage clinical trials.

The announcement came just days after the government said another homegrown vaccine, Soberana 2, had proved 62% effective with just two of its three doses.

“Hit by the pandemic, our scientists at the Finlay Institute and Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology have risen above all the obstacles and given us two very effective vaccines,” President Miguel Diaz-Canel tweeted.

The announcement came from state-run biopharmaceutical corporation BioCubaFarma, which oversees Finlay, the maker of Soberana 2, and the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, the producer of Abdala.

Both vaccines are expected to be granted emergency authority by local regulators shortly.

Cuba, whose biotech sector has exported vaccines for decades, has five coronavirus vaccine candidates.

The Caribbean’s largest island is facing its worst COVID-19 outbreak since the start of the pandemic following the arrival of more contagious variants, setting new records for daily coronavirus cases.

The Communist-run country has opted not to import foreign vaccines but to rely on its own. Some experts said it was a risky bet but it appears to have paid off, putting Cuba in position to burnish its scientific reputation, generate much-needed hard currency through exports and strengthen the vaccination drive worldwide.

Several countries from Argentina and Jamaica to Mexico, Vietnam and Venezuela have expressed an interest in buying Cuba’s vaccines. Iran started producing Soberana 2 earlier this year as part of late-phase clinical trials.

Cuba’s authorities have already started administering the experimental vaccines en masse as part of “intervention studies” they hope will slow the spread of the virus.

About a million of the country’s 11.2 million residents have been fully vaccinated to date.

Daily cases have halved in the capital, Havana, since the start of the vaccination campaign a month ago, using Abdala, according to official data.

Cuba has reported a total of 169,365 COVID-19 cases and 1,170 deaths.

Reporting by Marc Frank; Editing by Peter Cooney




IFCO-P4P: FINAL CALL: Join us TODAY in Solidarity Against the Blockade

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JUNE 22: NORTHAMPTON, MASS: Report: End US Blockade of Cuba - Stand out

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Show Love to Cuba!

Join the World in Saying

End the US Blockade of Cuba!

On Tuesday, June 22, 2021, in Northampton, Massachusetts, activists held a stand-out calling for an end to the US blockade of Cuba, one day before the UN general assembly will vote to end the blockade of Cuba, as it has done for the past 29 years.  

 

The stand-out was organized by the Latin America Solidarity Coalition of WMass, and Massachusetts Peace Action, and endorsed by Code Pink WMass, the Greater Hartford Cuba Solidarity Committee, Anti-Imperialist Action Committee of Western Massachusetts, Jewish Activists for Immigration Justice of Western Massachusetts, Green Rainbow Party Pioneer Valley Local.  In a public statement about the stand-out the organizers said:

 

The blockade is causing great harm and suffering to all Cubans, especially mothers, for decades. This policy is immoral.  We can no longer accept the perverted logic that to defend the human rights of people in another country it is okay for our government to impose severe sanctions/blockades that cause the death of tens of thousands of people.

 

We call on our government to End the Blockade of Cuba

Sanctions/Blockades are Tools of WAR!

Now is the time for SOLIDARITY and COLABORATION!

Now is the time for PEACE!

 
       
     

 

https://lascwm.org/solidarity-with-cuba/


CUBADABATE: Certainties [re: Abdala]

Walter Lippmann
 

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Certainties   

Let's talk about what this means? What is behind this 92, the 62 from a couple of days ago or the figure that will come when the results of the Soberana scheme with Plus are available? What does it really mean to have gotten here in just over a year?

Are we going to talk about the tears and smiles of Cuban scientists, who compete with the world and are up to the task? Of the extra challenges they have had to face in a country, yes, blockadedFrom the lack of reagents and spare parts? Of the experiments that last three and four months longer than they should, because they are forced to wait for third parties?

Are we going to talk about the spectacularly downward curve of positive cases already in Havana? Of the hundreds of doctors, nurses and volunteers who are giving their skin in the vaccinations? Are we going to talk about all those doses that are injected every day in this country? ¿ Of the children who already have their own trial?

Are we going to talk about the AICA laboratories or the National Center for BiopreparationsOf the researchers, technicians and workers who play it daily, with little rest, to ensure large-scale manufacturing, the promised millions of Abdala or Soberana?

I don't know about you, but my heart stops, tears come to my eyes, hope, pride, and faith explode inside me. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that you can tell me today to take away my confidence in what we have, the certainties.

See also

Vaccine Candidate Abdala Shows 92.28% Efficacy in Its Unique Three-Dose Scheme

Article URL: http://www.cubadebate.cu/opinion/2021/06/22/certezas/


*great news, short article* REUTERS: Cuba says Abdala vaccine 92.28% effective against coronavirus

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Cuba says Abdala vaccine 92.28% effective against coronavirus

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HAVANA, June 21 (Reuters) - Cuba said on Monday its three-shot Abdala vaccine against the coronavirus had proved 92.28% effective in last-stage clinical trials.

The announcement came just days after the government said another homegrown vaccine, Soberana II, had proved 62% effective.

Reporting by Marc Frank; Editing by Peter Cooney


(Additional note - the mention of Soberana II is a little misleading, because the 62% only includes the first 2 shots of Soberana II, but does not include the third shot of Soberana Plus, which was given to many of those who got the 2 Soberana II shots.  Data on the third dose effectiveness is not yet available, but will surely raise the percentage from 62%.  --pete link)


 


XINHUA: Cuba registers record 1,561 daily COVID-19 cases

Walter Lippmann
 

Cuba registers record 1,561 daily COVID-19 cases

Source: Xinhua| 2021-06-22 02:48:31|Editor: huaxia
HAVANA, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Cuba reported on Monday 1,561 new COVID-19 infections in the last day, the highest daily number since the start of the pandemic on the island, bringing to 169,365 the confirmed cases, the Ministry of Public Health said, also reporting 11 more deaths, for a total of 1,170.
The Caribbean country reported 8,364 active cases, the highest number in 15 months, while 1,511 of the total number of infections registered in the last day were from community transmission, also the highest figure so far.
Although Havana still has the most infections on the island, the focus of transmission has moved to the neighboring province of Artemisa.
Meanwhile, the ministry has expanded its vaccination campaign in the capital this week, hoping to inoculate the entire population of 2.2 million people by the end of July.
The drive also continues in the provinces of Pinar del Rio, Matanzas, Santiago de Cuba and the Special Municipality of Isla de la Juventud.
Currently, over 4.8 million doses of Cuban vaccine candidates Abdala and Soberana-02 have been administered, with over 2.2 million Cubans receiving at least one dose. Enditem


GRANMA: USA: Bullets to stop migrants at the border

Walter Lippmann
 



About 530 unaccompanied minors cross the border into the United States daily.
About 530 unaccompanied minors cross the border into the United States daily. Photo: Reuters

 

In a country marked by violence since its birth, where the deaths of people shot in schools, shopping malls, gas stations, etc. are news daily, Lara Trump, wife of Eric Trump, suggests to those who live on the border «take up arms » to defend their lands and stop emigration.

Lara, nicknamed by social networks as "The Dangerous", recently said in one of her interventions on Fox News with Judge Jeanine Pirro, that Texans "must take matters into their own hands", to prevent, however, the step of undocumented immigrants.

"I suppose you better get ready, take up arms and get ready, maybe you have to take matters into your own hands," she added. The words of Donald Trump's daughter-in-law generated thousands of comments against her on Twitter.

On the other hand, Greg Abbott, the Republican governor of Texas, said recently that he will begin with the construction of a wall in the best style of his colleague from the party, the former president mogul.

In January, the US Border Patrol arrested more than 75,000 migrants at the southern border, compared with about 71,000 in December. According to the most recent data, the figures are increasing, along with the dangerousness of the journey, to which the effects of the coronavirus are added.

The situation at the border is classified by specialists in immigration and US political issues as very serious. In April, more than 180,000 illegal encounters with immigration authorities were reported.

Meanwhile, the human trafficking mafias are at their ease. In March, a Border Patrol agent published a video in which two young girls are thrown by "coyotes" from a height of four meters, to the US side in the middle of the night.

The dividing line between the two countries is filled with crosses; some 530 unaccompanied minors cross every day, spurred on by misery; their lives are left in the hands of unscrupulous traffickers.

A total of 140 migrants, including four minors, were rescued this Wednesday from a house in Mexico's Ciudad Juárez, near the US border, where they were crammed into wooden rooms.

According to reports from the National Human Rights Commission of Mexico, an average of 54 migrants are kidnapped by criminal groups to work as slaves or prostitute themselves.

The US Customs and Border Protection Office reported that the detection of people without documents grew by 7.6% in May 2021, compared to the previous month.

From October 2020 to May 2021, there were 414,330 people in an irregular situation, adults and minors of all nationalities, although the majority presence of Mexicans is known, warned the newspaper La Jornada, a medium that maintained that the president of the United States, Joe Biden, deport more migrants than Donald Trump.

 

http://www.granma.cu/mundo/2021-06-15/ee-uu-balas-para-detener-a-migrantes-en-la-frontera-15-06-2021-21-06-49


JR: Iran's president-elect demands that the US lift sanctions

Walter Lippmann
 


Iran's president-elect demands that the US lift sanctions

Likewise, Seyed Ebrahim Raisi indicated that the Persian nation rejects Washington's proposal to include the missile program and regional issues in the nuclear agreement, while stressing that his country will comply with the agreement if it benefits the Iranian people.

 

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TEHRAN, June 21. —The newly elected president of Iran, Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, refused on Monday to meet with the president of the United States, Joe Biden, and demanded that he comply with his country's commitments and lift sanctions, Telesur reports.

Raisi made these assertions in the framework of his first press conference after the results of the presidential elections last Friday, where he was elected by 61.95 percent of the vote in the elections.

When asked about a possible meeting with the US president if he would lift sanctions against his country, the president-elect emphatically said no.

According to the elected head of state of Iran, it is essential that Washington lift all sanctions and fulfill the promises of the nuclear agreement signed in 2015 between Iran and the G5 + 1, formed at that time by the US, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China, along with Germany.

“We tell the United States that it must lift all sanctions, and it must go back and fulfill its obligations; Europeans must not be swayed by American pressure and must act according to what they have promised; This is the demand of the Iranian nation, "he stressed.

Likewise, the president-elect indicated that Iran rejects Washington's proposal to include the missile program and regional issues in the nuclear agreement while stressing that his country will comply with the agreement if it benefits the Iranian people.

Likewise, he denounced that the United States violated the nuclear pact (Comprehensive Plan of Joint Action, PIAC or JCPOA for its acronym in English), and the Europeans did not comply with their commitments.

"Our foreign policy will not be limited to the 2015 nuclear agreement, we will have interaction with the world," said Raisi, 60, who had previously run for the presidency. "We will not bind the interests of the Iranian people to the nuclear deal," he added.

Iran remains in negotiations in Vienna to reestablish the PIAC that the US unilaterally abandoned in 2018 with the introduction of sanctions against the Iranian nation.

Finally, the president-elect of Iran said that his government's priority will be to improve ties with its neighbors in the Middle East, while calling on Saudi Arabia and its allies to immediately end its intervention in Yemen.

 

http://www.juventudrebelde.cu/internacionales/2021-06-21/presidente-electo-de-iran-exige-a-ee-uu-levantar-sanciones


PL: Cuba confirms 92.28% efficacy of Abdala vaccine

Irais Maria García Portelles
 

Cuba confirms 92.28% efficacy of Abdala vaccine



Havana, Jun 21 (Prensa Latina) With three doses Cuba's Covid-19 vaccine candidate, Abdala, showed 92,28 percent efficacy in Phase III trial, its developers reported on Monday.

Abdala, a vaccine candidate from the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB, in Spanish), shows 92.28 percent efficacy after three jabs, the island's Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries Business Group (BioCubaFarma) published on Twitter.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel praised the scientists of CIGB and the Finlay Vaccine Institute for their outstanding work in developing and producing Soberana 02 and Abdala.

'Striken by two pandemics (#Covid19 and #USBlockade), our scientists from Finlay and CIGB have overcome all hurdles, and have gifted the Cuban people with two very effective vaccines', the Head of State wrote in Twitter.

BioCubaFarma tweeted that 'Cuba has two vaccines that meet the minimum clinical efficacy requirements required by the World Health Organization (WHO)'.

Two days earlier, the Finlay Vaccine Institute that developed Soberana 02 revealed that this candidate has 62 percent efficacy after two doses. After a third shot, its efficacy rises substantially, its developers hope. Studies are ongoing.

The phase III clinical trial of Abdala began last March 22 in Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo and Granma provinces with the participation of 48,290 people.

Once the process concluded, a follow-up assessment was done to check on the vaccine candidate efficacy, an evaluation that began on May 3, said recently Dr. Verena Muzio, CIGB's director of Clinical Research.

Abdala is also part of intervention studies in people at higher risk, among them, health personnel and workers of the BioCubaFarma business group, in several provinces of the country.

Likewise, the intervention is carried out in vulnerable territories and groups in the Cuban capital and several other provinces, a process in which nearly 5 million doses of Abdala and Soberana 02 have been administered so far.

In recent days, CIGB researchers stated that they are in the process of designing clinical studies in pediatric populations with Abdala. Phase I trial con children began last week with Soberana 02.

The first Latin American country to present its own candidate against Covid-19, Cuba currently has five projects of this type in different research phases. In addition to the two mentioned above, there are Mambisa, also from CIGB, as well as Soberana 1 and Soberana Plus, from the Finlay Institute.

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PL: University link with Cuban productive sector advances

Irais Maria García Portelles
 

University link with Cuban productive sector advances



Santa Clara, Cuba, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) The link between the Marta Abreu University, in central Cuba, with the productive and services sector distinguishes the Society Interface of Science and Technology (SICTE SA), Gilberto Quevedo highlighted here .

Headquartered on the university campus, in the central province of Villa Clara, SICTE SA is the first experience of a Cuban commercial company that has two universities as shareholders: Marta Abreu (95 percent) and Tecnológica de La Habana José Antonio Echeverría ( 5.0 percent).

Inaugurated in October 2020, the creation of SICTE S.A. has allowed the commercialization of goods, services and technology transfer to different sectors of the Cuban economy, stressed Quevedo, its director.

It has also strengthened the university-business link and stimulated the scientific community to carry out new research tasks to meet the demands for the socioeconomic development of Cuba.

The also doctor in Sciences highlighted that, being a commercial company with totally Cuban capital, this system of Science, Technology and Innovation is called upon to play a decisive role in the processes of innovation and technology transfer, with a considerable impact on the productive sector.

He highlighted that in just months of existing SICTE S.A. it already has the first effective contract, signed with the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources, in terms of comprehensive research and innovation projects linked to the development priorities of the agency on a national scale.

He also indicated that another of the company's missions is to transfer technologies, promote consultancies and advisory services, without losing sight of the need to commercialize other details of research and academic services, both internally and abroad.

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PL: The world knows about criminal nature of the US blockade

Irais Maria García Portelles
 

The world knows about criminal nature of the US blockade

The world knows about criminal nature of the US blockade

Havana, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) The entire world knows that the US blockade against Cuba is a genocidal and criminal policy, which really harms the Cuban people especially amid the Covid-19 pandemic, as stated by the Cuban Permanent Representative to UN Pedro Luis Pedroso in exclusive statements to Prensa Latina, as there are only a few hours left for voting tomorrow at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for draft resolution calling for the end of US blockade.

Cuba vs. Blockade Report has gained in depth and clarity when it comes to explaining to the international community the reality of this mechanism and its negative impact on all Cubans´ quality of life including those living abroad.

'At the beginning of presenting this resolution, nearly 30 years ago, not many understood what the US blockade meant and its true dimension of murderous politics, an act of covert war on a people.'

The consensus currently reached was not obtained with empty words, but with solid arguments, said Pedroso.

In addition, he went on, the US blockade is considered as an act of genocide under the 1948 Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of Crime of Genocide, due to its declared purpose and the political, legal and administrative framework it is based on.

Pedroso pointed out that there are manifold regulations, documents and even legislation such as disastrous Cuban Freedom and Democratic Solidarity Act or the 1996 Helms-Burton Act, which reveal the grinding of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington on Cuba.

The Helms-Burton Act, he emphasized, codifies the provisions of the blockade and broadens its extraterritorial scope, by imposing sanctions on foreign executives who roll out transactions with US properties nationalized in Cuba and the possibility of filing lawsuits in US courts.

'For the first time in history, on May 2, 2019, the Donald Trump government announced that it would allow the filing of lawsuits at US courts under such a legislation, which has worked as a deterrent to any foreign investment attempt in Cuba.'

As we have been able to enlighten these elements and clearly expose the reality of the US blockade´s negative impact on the Cuban people, the consensus of the international community was reached, which on 28 previous times backed the resolution at the UN in favor of lifting this measure.

'It is our people who really deserve the plentiful debate we see every year. It is our people who suffer the most from the impact of the blockade and measures that have tightened it during last year and a half, even in times of pandemic.'

Due to present health crisis, the presentation of the draft resolution calling for the end of the US blockade against Cuba could not be held in 2020.

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PL: Cuba bets on medical sovereignty despite US blockade

Irais Maria García Portelles
 

Cuba bets on medical sovereignty despite US blockade

Cuba bets on medical sovereignty despite US blockade
 
Havana, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) With more than 100 innovation projects, the Cuban Group of Biotechnological and Pharmaceutical Industries (BioCubaFarma) currently continues with the development of new medications, despite the United States blockade against the Caribbean nation.

Dr. Rolando Perez, Director of BioCubaFarma Science and Innovation, stated that Washington's unilateral measure against Havana makes difficult the access to the market of capital of risk and public financing planned worldwide for drug manufacture.

Addressing the Mesa Redonda (Round Table) radio and TV program on Monday, Perez commented that this process lasts from eight to ten years and, with the control of 50 percent of the international pharmaceutical market by the northern country, Cuba cannot access to cooperation funds with millions of dollars spent on research.

The manager stressed that, despite the extraterritorial nature of this policy, the Cuban science opted for integration with the national health system, universities and other research and production centers to guarantee medical sovereignty.

BioCubaFarma produces 359 medications of 619 belonging to the basic medicines and, due to the tightening of the US measures against Cuba, 85 drugs stopped producing in 2020, totaling 120 so far.

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Weds. June 23: webinar Wednesday evening June 23, from 8:00 to 10:00 pm Eastern (5:00 to 7:00 pm Pacific

Walter Lippmann
 


Dear Friends of Cuba and Opponents of the US Blockade,


Please join us for a very special webinar Wednesday evening June 23, from 8:00 to 10:00 pm Eastern (5:00 to 7:00 pm Pacific) following the vote at the UN General Assembly against Washington’s criminal and brutal economic and political war. This webinar will celebrate with words and music what will again be an overwhelming vote of solidarity with Cuba and an  expression of utter US political isolation.

International US-Cuba Normalization Committee 

Canadian Network on Cuba

National Network on Cuba

La Table Concertation Quebec-Cuba


 

Register Here

 

Welcoming by Erin Feely-Nahem

member of the New York Cuba Si Coalition

 

Co-Chairs

Tamara Hansen - Executive member of the Canadian Network on Cuba, Coordinator of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Cuba (VCSC) & Author of “5 Decades of the Cuban Revolution: The Challenges of an Unwavering Leadership.”

Brenda Lopez - Co-coordinator, Los Angeles, US Hands Off Cuba Committee. Participant, Recent Cubambiente International Conference in Havana.


 

Program

Pedro Luis Pedroso Cuesta - Permanent Representative of Cuba to the United Nations, Ambassador

Vijay Prashad - Indian historian and journalist and author of thirty books, including Washington Bullets, Red Star Over the Third World, The Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World and The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South. He is the Chief Correspondent for Globetrotter and a Columnist for Frontline (India).

Carlos Lazo - Bridges of Love, Initiated Caravan Movement to End the US Blockade and Unite Cuban Families

El Jones - A poet, professor, activist and author of, "Live from the Afrikan Resistance!" (Roseway, 2014). Her work focuses on social justice issues such as feminism, prison abolition, anti-racism, and decolonization

Ignacio “Nachito “Herrera - Ph.D. in Music Piano and Orchestra Conductor. Teacher in Classical and Jazz Music. First Cuban American to receive the award of best immigrant of the year from the American Immigration Lawyers Association and first Cuban American in Minnesota to be recognized, with his own day assigned by the Governor, for his contributions to education diversity and art. NachitoHerrera.com

Special Guests and Solidarity Messages from the US, Canada and Around the World.


This Celebration is the Closing Event For:
24-HOUR GLOBAL VIRTUAL PICKET
Against the US Blockade on Cuba!
June 22, 8:00pm to June 23, 8:00pm
(Havana time)

REGISTER NOW: https://tinyurl.com/24hr4Cuba

 

Join the event on Facebook: https://fb.me/e/yYDFvmDF

At the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting on June 23, Cuba will bring its annual resolution on the necessity to end the United States blockade against Cuba. For 28 consecutive votes, the UNGA has overwhelmingly voted in favor of ending this criminal and unjust U.S. policy towards Cuba. People around the world will be mobilizing at this important time - we invite you to unite your voice with people around the world at a 24-hour global virtual picket featuring speakers, cultural performances, live-streaming of UN debate and vote, and more!

** HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED? **


1) Make sure to register: www.tinyurl.com/24hr4Cuba
2) Send your own 1-3 minute solidarity video messages speaking out against the blockade. These could be in any language. These can be sent over WhatsApp to +1-778-882-5223 or over email to webmaster@... (with Wetransfer or other file transfer services).

Organized by: the Canadian Network on Cuba http://canadiannetworkoncuba.ca

Endorsed by: Instituto Cubano de Amistad con los Pueblos (ICAP-Cuba), El Movimiento Colombiano de Solidaridad con Cuba (MCSC-Colombia), Australia-Cuba Friendship Society WA, The U.S.-Cuba Normalization Conference Organizing Committee (U.S.), Table de concertation et de solidarité Québec – Cuba & The National Network on Cuba (NNOC) – U.S.

 



 



PL: Moroccan newspaper highlights blockade of Cuba

Irais Maria García Portelles
 

Moroccan newspaper highlights blockade of Cuba

Rabat, Jun 22 (Prensa Latina) The Moroccan Al Bayane diary dedicated a full page to providing an updated report on the US blockade against Cuba.
The article was published on the eve before a new voting in the United Nations General Assembly of the draft resolution entitled 'The need to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba'.

Along with an article on the blockade penned by Mohamed Khalil, it includes an interview he conducted with the Cuban ambassador, Javier Domokos Ruiz, about the difficult situation the Cuban population is experiencing due to the combined impact of the 243 measures taken by the government of Donald Trump to worsen the impact of the blockade.

The diplomat explained that the extraterritorial application of the blockade reaches unprecedented levels of aggressiveness, and denounced that the US Government takes advantage of the complex conditions generated by the Covid-19 pandemic to give an opportunistic grip to the blockade regulations to destabilize Cuba.

The article reveals the evident indifference and insensitivity with which the Government of President Joe Biden continues to apply the policies implemented by the Donald Trump administration against Cuba, while denouncing the unilateral inclusion of the island in the List of States Sponsors of Terrorism in last January 11th.

This is a decision lacking moral and legal justification that has a negative impact on every sphere of Cuban society.

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