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February Friday

Olga Lidia Tapia, member of the Secretariat of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, together with Eduardo Martínez, president of BioCubaFarma, checked the progress of the investment process of the new Biotechnological Complex in the Special Development Zone (ZED) Mariel, in Artemisa.

Cuba is affected by a high COVID-19 transmission rate, as Dr. Francisco Durán, National Director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health (MINSAP), announced 923 new cases of infection, with the cities of Havana and Santiago de Cuba at the top of the list (461 and 117, respectively, in the last 24 hours).

Azan Villalona, 62, did not hesitate to volunteer for the clinical trials of a Covid-19 vaccine candidate known as Abdala, saying that he learned from a friend that they were calling for people with certain health conditions and decided to apply, thinking of his two grandchildren and all other children and old people in Cuba and the world at risk of becoming infected.

 “As a young doctor in training, I am happy that the authorities trust us in the fight against COVID-19 in view of the current difficult epidemiological situation of this city,” said Alexis Giraldo Araujo, political secretary of a Young Communist League Committee at the University of Medical Sciences (UCM), where first-year students are helping at an isolation center for suspected cases.

The days ahead do not seem favorable for the prevention and control of COVID-19. At least that is what short-term forecasts predict. Confirmed cases will increase; recovered patients will also increase, but on a smaller scale than the number of new patients.

Cuba will soon have a laboratory specialized in transgenic foods at the National Institute of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology (INHEM), in the capital, informed PhD José Antonio Carrera, head of its Laboratories Department.

Much has been said about the need to maintain healthy eating habits, due to the multiple health conditions derived from obesity: high blood pressure, diabetes and circulatory or orthopedic problems, among others.

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