In a speech via video conference at a pannel at the opening ceremony of the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development, she shared experiences and results that show the political will of the Cuban government in this sector, despite challenges such as the US economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba.
Perez noted that for decades Cuba has made progress in science, with achievements in biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry.
One of these achievements is the curbing of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the creation of five vaccine candidates, three of which became vaccines somethin that made possible to protect 95 percent of the population, including children, and reduce lethality to a 0.77-percent rate, lower than the global one, which stands at 1.16 percent, she said at the forum.
The minister acknowledged the importance of international cooperation and access to financing and scientific training, areas in which she mentioned ties with Latin America and Europe.
She said that, in the development of science, Cuba has faced a particular challenge, the impact of a blockade imposed for more than 60 years, a policy tightened by the United States in order to stifle this small Caribbean country.
Despite the damage, she highlighted the breakthroughs and the commitment to scientific development for the adoption of policies and decision-making.