Cuba welcomes first tourists in months

Cuba welcomes first tourists in months

HAVANA – Cuba rolled out the red carpet  last week for the first planeload of tourists to arrive on the island in months as it struggles toward a post-pandemic “new normalcy.” The import-dependent country has been plunged into crisis and scarcity by tough U.S. sanctions and the COVID-19 outbreak. The arrival was seen as a […]

Cuba to test Covid-19 vaccine

Cuba to test Covid-19 vaccine

In Cuba, the Finlay Vaccine Institute (IFV) announced that the country has started the first phase of human trials of the COVID-19 vaccine called “Soberana 01.” During the first stage of this phase, scientists will adjust technical details before they begin recruiting 676 individuals who will be part of the trial. Authorities stressed that those […]

US urged to lift embargo against Cuba to save lives

US urged to lift embargo against Cuba to save lives

GENEVA – United Nations human rights experts have called on the United States to urgently lift its long-standing trade and economic embargo against Cuba or risk many lives being lost to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The human rights experts emphasised that the more than six-decades-old sanctions are impeding the supply of medicine, medical equipment, food […]

Cuba develops vaccine to combat COVID-19

Cuba develops vaccine to combat COVID-19

HAVANA – The director of research at the Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology here, Dr Gerardo Guillen, says a clinical trial is now being held for a vaccine aimed at activating the immune system to combat COVID-19. Speaking during a recent television interview, Guillen said that the drug, called CIGB 2020, is undergoing trials […]

Jamaica and Cuba to hold discussions about anti-viral drug

Jamaica and Cuba to hold discussions about anti-viral drug

KINGSTON, Jamaica— The  Jamaican Government is planning to have discussions with Cuba to get more information about its antiviral drug, Interferon Alpha 2B, which is said to be among medications being tried in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19). Speaking at a press briefing at Jamaica House on Tuesday .Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr […]

Jamaica turns to Cuban nurses to help cope with Coronavirus

Jamaica turns to Cuban nurses to help cope  with Coronavirus

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The first batch of 21 specialist nurses from Cuba will arrive in Jamaica on March 24, to boost the capacity of the health system to deal with the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). “We’re trying to get about 100 additional specialist nurses in the system, focusing primarily on high intensity units or ICU (intensive […]

Havana celebrates 500th anniversary facing dire challenges

Havana celebrates 500th anniversary facing dire challenges

HAVANA, Cuba — Havana has been ruled by Spanish colonial governors, American-backed strongmen and communist revolutionaries. It’s an architectural jewel box where buildings collapse from lack of maintenance. It’s a coastal capital facing a sea nearly devoid of boats, thanks to U.S. sanctions and Cuban prohibitions. Its leaders denounce global capitalism as they build new […]

As Cuba seeks hard currency, “dollar” stores reopen after 15 years

As Cuba seeks hard currency, “dollar” stores reopen after 15 years

HAVANA – Cubans flocked to a dozen shops that opened in Havana last Monday selling home appliances and spare parts for cars in dollars, as the cash-strapped government struggles to rake in tradable currency to purchase imports and pay its debts. Washing machines, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, TVs, electric motorcycles, car batteries, tires and other […]

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