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French senator requests alliance with Cuba in health sector

HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 17 (ACN) Senator Michelle Greaume asked the French government to work with Cuba in the health sector, particularly in the development of a vaccine against Covid-19, Prensa Latina reported.

In a letter addressed to the health minister, Olivier Veran, the parliamentarian for the North department specified that from this collaboration would be born an effective product in view of the current period of world pandemic, accessible to all and without discrimination regarding the financial resources of the countries.

Greaume, who is a member of the communist party and of the committee on foreign affairs, defense and the armed forces of the upper house, recognized the quality and innovation in the island's scientific research in the pharmaceutical field, despite the impact of the U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade against the sector.

Unfortunately, the Helms-Burton Act continues to affect Cuba, depriving its people of basic necessities and limiting access to raw materials for the pharmaceutical industry, she wrote in the letter, regarding the rule that since 1996 codifies the blockade, used by President Donald Trump to tighten the extraterritorial nature of it.

French-Cuban cooperation would guarantee these raw materials for a rapid and effective vaccine, she added.

According to the MP, France has the opportunity to join Cuba in this way, which would represent an alternative in view of the stock market speculation and the uncertainty about costs, such as those caused by the hopeful announcement of the Pfizer vaccine on November 9.

In Cuba, health is an universal right and its national results in confronting the pandemic and its solidarity with other countries and territories affected by Covid-19, including Italy and the French overseas department of Martinique, are very remarkable, Greaume concluded.


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