After having sent to Vietnam five million doses of Abdala vaccine, which today are being applied with good results in the population in the face of the resurgence of COVID-19, Cuba ratified its willingness to offer another similar amount for its application in paediatric ages once the Vietnamese regulatory body issues the authorisation for emergency use.
The announcement was made on Monday by Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz, Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment, while speaking at the XXXIX session of the Cuba-Vietnam Intergovernmental Commission for economic and scientific-technical collaboration, of which he is also co-chairman together with Nguyen Thanh Nghi, head of the Construction of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Given the complex epidemiological situation in the Asian nation, from their respective capitals and within 12 hours of each other, representatives of organisations and the business sector met virtually to hear the assessments and proposals of the parties, in order to continue developing bilateral economic ties, despite the challenges imposed by the pandemic.
Minister Malmierca also expressed the will to conclude the negotiation of the technology transfer contract for the formulation, filling and packaging stages of Abdala, to supply our vaccines to the non-state sector, which will contribute to controlling the outbreak, and to collaborate with the sending of Cuban health professionals.
He stressed that next year the 40th session of the Intergovernmental Commission will be held, a mechanism that has proven its effectiveness and contribution to consolidate, expand and diversify bilateral relations in the economic, commercial and scientific-technical spheres.
At the same time, he reiterated the gratitude of the people and government of the Caribbean island for the more than 15,000 tons of rice donated by Vietnam, an important part of which is already in the country.
Like Malmierca, Thanh Nghi recalled the importance of the visit last September of Nguyen Xuan Phuc, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Vietnam and President of the Republic, to Havana, where both nations agreed to share experiences in areas such as food security, cybersecurity and communication, all of which was reflected in the protocol signed by the two ministers on Monday.
The Vietnamese official agreed with his counterpart how adverse 2021 was for the economy and the population of both nations, due to the impact of the pandemic, which limited trade and delegation exchanges, the holding of face-to-face events, and some investment projects, for the benefit of the business system, were delayed in their execution.
He therefore urged to work in 2022 to promote or develop new businesses in sectors such as agri-food, renewable energy, biopharmaceuticals and tourism, as requested by Cuba, and reiterated the willingness of his government to maintain a stable supply of rice and also to cooperate in the production of corn, poultry and other branches, including the cultural sector.
The meeting took place virtually from the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce, where both officials signed – from a distance – the protocol of this XXXIX session, in the presence of their respective ambassadors.
This nation has positioned itself in recent years as the second largest trading partner of the Caribbean island in the Asian region.