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Cuba reiterates the importance of equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines

Havana, Apr 18 - Cuban Deputy Minister of Public Health, Carilda Peña García, reiterated the importance of COVID-19 vaccines being a global public good that reaches everyone in a fair, equitable and timely manner.

According to a note on the website of the Cuban Foreign Ministry, during a special ministerial meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the official stressed that the pandemic has provided an opportunity to understand that international solidarity and cooperation are vital in this type of situations.

In the virtual meeting entitled "A vaccine for all", Peña García regretted that some States do not recognize the effort of others to protect humanity and with it life, and dictate unilateral coercive measures, trying to prevent effective responses in the confrontation with the pandemic.

Cuba's economic resource limitations make it difficult to access any type of vaccine, which is why it had to choose to develop its own immunogens, said the vice minister of health.

At this time, he added, the country has five approved vaccine candidates, two of them in phase III of a clinical trial and another three in phase I and II.

He also stressed that despite the difficulties faced by the Antillean nation, it has supported 40 countries in solidarity in the fight against the pandemic, with 57 Henry Reeve brigades that have joined the more than 28 thousand Cuban health professionals in 66 countries. (ACN)