Castries, Feb 26.- Prominent Caribbean diplomat Ronald Sanders today praised Cuba's progress in the production of vaccines against Covid-29 despite the impact of the United States' blockade against that country.
The Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda in Washington and the Organization of American States assured that members of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) could benefit from Cuban immunizations.
If the President of the United States, Joe Biden, eases the trade embargo (blockade) against Cuba, one of the benefits for developing countries, including those of the Caribbean, could be greater access to affordable coronavirus vaccines, stated the expert.
In a text published on the Caribbean News Global site, Sanders reproduced statements by Cuban scientists about the progress made with respect to the Sovereign 2 vaccine, despite the obstacles arising from the US blockade for the acquisition of equipment and raw materials.
After mentioning other inoculations manufactured by Cuba, the academic also believed that a product of this type against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, would help break the global control of the market by large pharmaceutical companies in United States and Europe.
Cuba's geographic location and its willingness to share a successful vaccine with the developing world would ease the pressure on the Caricom countries facing the problem of immunizing their population. He insisted that these states have not been able to inoculate more than one percent of their inhabitants despite the enormous efforts of governments to ensure vaccines.
He also denounced the refusal of the firms Pfizer and Moderna to facilitate their exports and ruled that human rights, including the right to life and health, have been ignored.
The ambassador recalled President Biden's commitment during his electoral campaign to reverse the punishments imposed on Cuba by his predecessor Donald Trump, including his inclusion in a list of countries that sponsor terrorism, one of the most unfounded measures against the island.
Nothing good will come from following a decades-long failed policy that no one wants, except disgruntled Cuban-American (Florida) exiles, some of whom are in the United States Congress, said the senior researcher at the Commonwealth Studies Institute. at the University of London and at Massey College at the University of Toronto. (Text and photo: PL)