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Filmmaker Abby Martin highlights achievements in Cuban science

Filmmaker Abby Martin highlights achievements in Cuban science

Havana, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) U.S. documentary filmmaker and journalist Abby Martin today praised the achievements of Cuban science, especially the development of Covid-19 vaccines, despite the restrictions of the blockade imposed by her country on Cuba.

During an exchange with executives and scientists at the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), Martin said that while the rest of the world and the big pharmaceutical companies only focus on economic growth, “it is incredible to arrive in Cuba and hear another type of approach”.

She commented that during the last few years in the northern nation there has been a high politicization of science, which has caused a disconnection between government and citizens. “We are the only country in the world that allows big pharma to market directly to patients and that goes against scientific principles”.

Also participating in the meeting were the co-director of The People’s Forum, Manolo de los Santos, and the editor-in-chief of Breakthrough News, Benjamin Samuel Becker, who highlighted the vision of historic leader Fidel Castro in the advances of science in Cuba.

Becker said he was moved and amazed by the results of the Cuban experience, since in his city, New York, he witnessed the “devastating” consequences and the numerous deaths caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

For his part, de los Santos was interested in the functioning of the weekly meetings between the Cuban head of state, Miguel Díaz-Canel, and a group of scientists on the control of the pandemic and dengue fever in the country.

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