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Watch: Cuba and the Coronavirus with Cuban Ambassador to the U.S., José Cabañas

We invite you to take a moment to watch this special webcast on Cuba and the Coronavirus  with Cuba’s Ambassador to the United States, José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez and Dr. Melissa Barber, a Cuban-trained, American doctor currently mobilizing pandemic response in her South Bronx, NY community.

*José Ramón Cabañas Rodríguez has been the Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to the United States of America, since September 17th, 2015. He will address Cuba’s response to the global pandemic; how Cuba is faring in the face of this public health and economic crisis; and Cuba’s coordination with and aid to countries in the region.

*Dr. Melissa Barber was trained as a medical student at Cuba’s renowned Latin American School of Medicine. We will talk with her about the community based medicine she learned in Cuba — one of just three countries in the Western Hemisphere with free national medical care. (Canada and Costa Rica are the others). We will ask her to reflect on how her education in Cuba has informed her work to, “map the [South Bronx] community to assess vulnerabilities” and target resources efficiently. Dr. Barber also volunteered and worked in Haiti during the earthquake crisis of 2010.

Both the ambassador and Dr. Barber were interviewed by Walter Turner, host of KPFA’s “Africa Today” and president of Global Exchange. He is a Bay Area professor and Cuba expert who has traveled to the island more than 30 times.

This event is co-sponsored by IFCO/Pastors for Peace  and RESPECT Cuba.

We hope you enjoy and share the webcast. To sign up and join us for future webcasts, please sign up here.

Global Exchange is currently accepting bookings for our Cuba New Year’s delegation. Sign up here. We are optimistic travel will be possible to the island by then, but we will rebook to a future trip if necessary. Support the Cuban people, travel with us in Dec.

7 Comments

  1. The vaccine in Cuba is tested and they expect to have the island inoculated by April or May. They are also offering the vaccine to any tourist who shows up on their island. Why is our media blocking this information?? Cuba exports health care and we export war, bombs, weapons and training for terrorists.. We love our imperialism far more that we love our ethics or our people. How did you spend your stimulus check? But we marched troops into Syria where we have no business.

  2. Rebeca Fernanadez

    Porque si Cuba es el pais mas adelantado, de America, en la medicina, aun los cubanos, no se han vacunado pra el covid 1o, y porque el pueblo, no tiene medicias como una simple duralgina?

    • Francisco

      La respuesta es muy simple.
      Primero, debido a las medidas adoptadas por el gobierno en Cuba, mientras en Estados Unidos los casos de infectados y muertos se apilaban, en Cuba se mantenían muy bajos. De hecho, el total de muertes por corona virus en Cuba es de 633 hoy con 5,342 infectados. Estos números hicieron imposible para Cuba probar la eficacia de las vacunas que estaban en desarrollo desde Nov 2019.
      Segundo Cuba no tenia billones de dolares pagados en adelanto a la fabricación de las vacunas como lo tuvo Pfizer, Moderna, Astra Zeneca y Johnson and Johnson, incluso sin saber aun si esas vacunas eran buenas o no. Mas alla, Cuba no podía comprar reactivos y tecnología necesarios debido a las extrema criminales sanciones impuestas por el desgobierno del delinquente Trump.
      Es cierto que en Cuba todo escasea, las causas son multiples, unas debido a problemas internos y de sistema, la mayoría debido a presiones y sanciones externas. Sabia usted que de acuerdo con las ultimas sanciones impuestas por el gangster Trump, un barco que transportara alimentos o medicinas o cualquier producto a Cuba es “premiado” con 6 meses de castigo sin poder atracar en puertos norteamericanos? Pero, probablemente el sector farmacéutico es uno de los menos dependientes. No es cierto que en Cuba no hay duralgina. Mas alla, el 70% de los fármacos que se usan en Cuba es producido nacionalmente, y 8 de las 11 vacunas que se entregan gratis al pueblo es producido en la Isla. Incluso hay una vacuna Cubana contra ciertos tipos de cancer que actualmente esta siendo usada en el hospital Roswell Park en Buffalo, especializado en cancer . Usted senora deberia informarse mejor antes de hacer comentarios desafortunados como este que hizo aqui.

  3. Robert Curotte

    I love Cuba been going there for 17 plus years Love the people everything there and all of the people I met.

  4. David Milbourne

    The American embargo with a population of over 340 million against Cuba’s 11 million, is nothing short of attempted genocide. This over 50 year embargo imposed by the U.S.A is the longest in history. Shame on the U.S. the only country in the world to behave in this deplorable manner.

  5. John Claxton

    Love Cuba been three times the people are wonderful. Lovely island.

    • Tammy Miller

      I’ve been to cuba approximately 10 times and it looks like I wont make it back again as I’m not a good candidate for the covid vaccine

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