Eyewitness report: Cuba’s scientists, medical workers advance fight vs. COVID

Gloria La Riva

People’s Dispatch | October 19, 2021

San Miguel del Padrón Pediatric Hospital: Head nurse, intensive care dept. Liliana Vaillant, nurse Marcia Marcial, nurse Yusliana Bustamante Hernandez, anesthesiologist Angel Labadid, Dr. Elizabeth González, head of the Intensive Care Dept. Photo: Gloria La Riva

After a serious rise in Cuba of illnesses and deaths from COVID-19 during the summer, there are encouraging developments with a steady recovery and downward curve in illnesses and deaths. Similar to the worldwide “third wave” of COVID, the delta variant quickly became the dominant mutation in Cuba and swept through the island.

Now, people are breathing a sigh of relief this month of October. Workplaces, restaurants, beaches and public spaces are opening up and tourism is soon to be welcomed on November 15. Of course, health experts still urge continued caution to avoid a new outbreak.

Massive vaccination of the population means that by November 15, an astounding 92% of the whole population will be fully vaccinated thanks to Cuba’s development and production of its own vaccines: Abdala, Mambisa and Soberana Plus. In fact, Cuba’s vaccination rate is the fastest in the world, and the only country whose children as young as two years are being covered.

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On International Nurses Day we thank nurses for their priceless contribution to society

by Helen O’Connor

Morning Star | May 12, 2020

PRIOR to becoming a trade union officer, I was a nurse working on the front lines of the NHS for 28 years.

Many in my cohort in 1990 were migrant women, mostly Irish, just like me.

In those days the registered general nurse (RGN) was a three-year apprenticeship where you earned your stripes through hard work on a variety of in-patient wards.Read More »

Cuba Sends 144 Health Workers to Combat the Covid-19 in Jamaica

teleSUR | March 21, 2020

Cuban doctors arrive in Lombardia (Italy) to help fight the pandemic, March 16, 2020.

Cuban doctors arrive in Lombardia (Italy) to help fight the pandemic, March 16, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @Cristian_2_27

Cuba has also sent its doctors to Venezuela and Suriname over the last days.

Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Saturday announced that his country is sending a medical brigade to combat the Covid-19 Pandemic in Jamaica, a Caribbean country that has been going through a severe economic and political crisis for the past years.


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