Speaking at the high-level segment of the 75th Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) in this Swiss city, the official added that this assistance took place amid constant actions to discredit and hinder Cuba’s medical cooperation.
Portal recalled that 58 Henry Reeve brigades made up of Cuban collaborators fought SARS-CoV-2 in those nations.
He stressed that Cuba’s bet on sovereignty to counter the pandemic, despite the intensified blockade imposed by the US Government, was for sovereignty and in that regard, 85 percent of the products used in the treatment protocol are made in Cuba.
“Cuba was the first Latin American country to produce five vaccine candidates against Covid-19, three of which were approved for emergency use by the national regulatory agency. We are the first nation in the world to vaccinate its entire population from the age of two,” he said.
Dr. Portal added that so far more than 36 million doses of Cuba’s homegrown vaccines have been administered, and immunization covers 96.7 percent of the vaccine-eligible population. Cuba’s homegrown vaccines are being administered in six countries.
Portal pointed out that the best way to eradicate the inequalities that exist on the planet today lies in the common efforts by nations.
Covid-19 has reversed years -possibly decades- of progress; the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals, which have already become a debt for the world, represents an ever greater challenge in the current context, he pointed out.
“Health for peace; peace for Health”, is the theme that summons us to this 75th World Health Assembly and which we defend on behalf of Cuba. We are working tirelessly for the health and peace of our people and those of the world,” the minister said.
The 75th World Health Assembly, which opened on May 22 and will close on May 28, is the first face-to-face meeting since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.