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Nicaragua condemns at UN the tightening of US blockade against Cuba

Nicaragua condemns at UN the tightening of US blockade against Cuba

New York, Jun 24 (Prensa Latina) Nicaragua on Wednesday condemned to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) the tightening (from April 2019 to March 2020) of the US blockade against Cuba.
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During such a period, the damages on too sensitive sectors of Cuban society amounted to over US$5.5 billion, $1.226 billion more than the damages caused in previous year, said the Nicaraguan Ambassador to the UN Jaime Hermida.

The Nicaraguan diplomat spoke on Wednesday to support Cuba´s resolution on the need to end the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States. The resolution was supported with 184 votes in favor, two against (United States and Israel) and three abstentions (Brazil, Colombia and Ukraine).

Hermida also condemned the five packages of measures adopted in 2019 in order to track down and punish international companies, vessels and shipping companies that ship fuel to Cuba.

Due to its extraterritorial nature, Hermida added, the US blockade impaired Cuba’s ability to fight current global pandemic by deliberately depriving it of mechanical lung ventilators, face masks, diagnosis kits, protective glasses, suits, gloves, and reagents necessary for handling the disease.

In spite of this growing hostility, Hermida stressed that Cuba has been able to send 57 medical brigades to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in 40 countries and territories in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.

In short, the Nicaraguan ambassador highlighted how amid this hulking economic blockade Cuban scientists were able to develop five Covid-19 vaccine candidates.

Cuba becomes the first Latin American country to develop its own vaccine candidate and apply it freely and universally to its population, Hermida stressed.

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