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Cuban President highlights work of CECMED against COVID-19


Havana, Nov. 27 - Workers of the Center for the State Control of Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices (CECMED) were recognized this Friday, in the presence of Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, for its work to promote and protect the health of the population in the face of the worst health emergency in recent times.

The Cuban president expressed his recognition, gratitude and congratulations to the workers for what was achieved, defending the rigor and demand in all processes related to clinical trials, medications and protocols.

We know how they have had to multiply to maintain that rigor that saves lives, as well as the quality, safety and effectiveness both in clinical trials, intervention studies, interventions in risk groups and territories, and in the vaccination of the population, he said.

We could have had the vaccines, he said, but without the work of CECMED we would not have the results that the country boasts today, being the ninth in the world with the highest percentage of vaccinated population and in recent weeks a control of the pandemic has been achieved.

Díaz-Canel pointed out that in this hard year and a half a lot of effort and dedication has been requested from health workers to be able to lead our people to a victory against the pandemic and CECMED professionals have played a leading role.

In his words, he recalled the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, who founded the center and had the vision of its need, so recognizing its workers is part of the tributes that are being carried out throughout the country these days to the Commander in Chief.

The Master of Science Olga Lidia Jacobo Casanueva, director of CECMED, commented that for more than three decades the institution has carried out its functions as a national regulatory authority, related to the authorization of the initiation of clinical trials, sanitary registration, inspection, batch release, laboratory testing and post-marketing surveillance of drugs and medical devices.

The center's work allowed its vaccine regulatory system to be certified by the World Health Organization in 2000, and in 2011 the Pan American Health Organization recognized CECMED as the reference regulatory authority in the Americas region.

However, the directive described the COVID-19 pandemic as a challenge for their institution, as they assumed the challenge of regulatory monitoring of the five Cuban vaccine candidates in all its stages.

They were months of intense work, where accelerated review procedures were applied, but maintaining strict scientific and technical rigor in the evaluation of protocols, inspections of production plants and clinical sites, he stressed.

Jacobo Casanueva explained that they also held technical meetings with the institutions, participated together with the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP) in decision-making and maintained the monitoring of vaccination in the adult and pediatric population.

Innovative drugs such as Jusvinza, Itolizumab and Nasalferón, in vitro diagnostic means, transport, lung ventilators and the Abdala, Soberana 02 and Soberana Plus vaccines are some products that have the authorization for emergency use granted by CECMED.

The specialist stated that the work carried out in this period is the best example of the application of regulatory science in the development of new approaches and tools, which allow, using available scientific knowledge, to evaluate the efficacy, safety, quality and performance of the innovative products to introduce them as soon as possible in medical practice.

Likewise, he ratified the commitment of the CECMED workers to the principles of the Revolution, since they are a continuity of the generations that preceded them and put their hearts to Cuba.

During the activity, Dr. Santiago Badía González, general secretary of the National Union of Health Workers, and Eduardo Martínez Díaz, president of the BioCubaFarma Business Group, presented the Men of Science seal to a group of workers from the center who stood out in the confrontation with the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Yaneidys Pérez Cruz, member of the secretariat of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), on behalf of the organization, delivered the FMC's 60th Anniversary Commemorative seal to CECMED workers with more than twenty years of permanence in the institution and with a recognized performance as federated.

The workers also received from the hands of Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, national coordinator of the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, the Barrio Award, and for their contributions to the health of the population, Doctor José Angel Portal Miranda granted them a special recognition from MINSAP .

Likewise, the work of the Cuban regulatory authority was distinguished with the Labor Prowess Flag, delivered by Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento, secretary general of the Central de Trabajadores de Cuba, for altruism, dedication, solidarity and results obtained in the confrontation with COVID -19.

During the tribute, which is part of the Day for Health Worker Day, Jorge Luis Broche Lorenzo, member of the secretariat and head of the Department of Education, Sports and Science in the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, and Jorge Luis Perdomo Di-Lella, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic. (ACN)



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