Cuba's vision of developing science as a strategy for sovereignty and well-being was ratified by the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Ana Teresita González, who continues her visit to France.
In a meeting with businessmen, elected authorities and representatives of other sectors of French society, the first deputy minister of MINCEX, Ana Teresita González, specified that the Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the validity of that vision, particularly on the subject of vaccines to combat the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

90 percent of the population of low-income countries has not even received even the first dose of a vaccine, which demonstrates the correct strategy of betting on the development of their own immunogens, he stressed at the forum organized by the Cuba Cooperation France association (CubaCoop).

According to the first deputy minister, 30 years of investments in the biotechnological sector support this path, which allowed 90 percent of the island's population to complete an immunization schedule, and more than 70 receive a booster dose.

González also highlighted that this vision of a country of science explains why 99 percent of patients infected with Covid-19 have recovered from the disease.

Participants in the meeting recognized Cuba's achievement in producing its own vaccines and protecting its children from the age of two.

In this sense, the president of CubaCoop, Víctor Fernández, announced a donation of 30 thousand euros for the Finlay Institute of Vaccines, based in Havana, to support its scientific work.

Let us remember that Cuba protected its population against Covid-19 with its own vaccines, which is why we decided to make this contribution, he said regarding the initiative approved last night by acclamation.

The scientific feat of the small country acquires greater relevance for materializing it in the midst of the intensification of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States for more than six decades.

A fence that was reinforced in recent years by more than 243 measures, 55 of them decreed in the midst of a pandemic by the Donald Trump administration.

The First Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment of Cuba also denounced that the blockade applied by Washington is the main obstacle to the development of the island and is unprecedented in history.

In its more than 60 years, this policy accumulates effects of 150 thousand 410 million dollars at current prices, he warned.
[9:43 a.m. m., 5/16/2022] Karen ProCuba: The XVIII Session of the Cuba-Iran Intergovernmental Commission was inaugurated in Tehran

The XVIII Session of the Cuba-Iran Intergovernmental Commission was inaugurated this Sunday, May 15, in Tehran, to give continuity to the agreements reached at the XVII Session, held in Havana in 2019, and to develop relations between both countries in an integral manner.

On the Iranian side, the Minister of Health and Medical Education, Dr. Bahram Einollahi, spoke and expressed his satisfaction with the excellent state of political relations achieved by both nations since its establishment on August 8, 1979. In addition, he reaffirmed the interest of the government of that country to raise, to a higher level, economic, commercial, financial and cooperation relations.

On the Cuban side, Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz expressed the will of our government to deepen and expand economic relations in areas such as health, energy, food production and agriculture.

Cabrisas condemned the unilateral coercive measures that the US applies against the Islamic Republic of Iran. He also thanked the Iranian Foreign Ministry for its systematic position against the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba, as well as its opposition to the inclusion of Cuba on the List of State Sponsors of Terrorism.

After the inauguration of the Commission, the parties began to meet in 3 commissions (trade, energy and health) to agree on the documents and projects that would be signed at the end of the meeting.