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Cuba condemns in Geneva impact of blockade on fighting Covid-19

Cuba condemns in Geneva impact of blockade on fighting Covid-19

Geneva, June 23 (Prensa Latina) Cuba's UN permanent representative in Geneva, Juan Antonio Quintanilla, condemned on Wednesday at the Human Rights Council the impact of US blockade on his country in the fight against Covid-19.
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To the health challenges of facing the pandemic, Washington hardened the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by US for over 60 years, which limits our access to necessary resources to fight the disease and its consequences, he underlined.

Reporting to special reporter on Health Rights, Tlaleng Mofokeng, the ambassador highlighted that despite the siege, his country’s biotechnological industry managed to produce 85 percent of the drugs used for treating Covid-19, betting on the technological sovereignty in the production of drugs, supplies and vaccines.

Likewise, he mentioned in the meeting as par of the 47 Council session, the international solidarity shown by the island in times of Covid-19, by sending 57 brigades from medical contingent Henry Reeve to 40 nations.

‘We are convinced that solidarity and international cooperation in health matters may be important components in the Reporter’s mandate, mainly in the current situation’, Quintanilla pointed out.

The permanent representative wished Mofokeng success in the mandate and showed his appreciation for the report’s presentation.

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