– Campaign of the National Solidarity Network with Cuba in the United States and the Canadian Solidarity Network with Cuba –
COVID-19 is wreaking havoc in the United States. Day after day, hour after hour, infected and deaths continue to spiral, and the most vulnerable communities, especially African-American communities, are disproportionately affected. The entire health care system is under pressure that exceeds its ability to provide adequate healthcare and treatment. Doctors, nurses and health workers are forced to work long hours during their brave lives-saving efforts.
A pandemic is by definition global. Without a doubt, in the face of this global threat, this is the time for international medical cooperation and solidarity. A time to gather joint efforts to face COVID-19. A time to put aside political differences in order to save lives. It is for this reason that we are launching a campaign to ask for medical collaboration with Cuba, so as to have access to Cuban medical knowledge to help in the fight against COVID-19.
Many countries are taking advantage of Cuba’s experience in the fight against COVID-19. In writing this report, Cuba has more than 800 medical staff members serving in 18 countries, including Italy that has been specially affected …… More Cuban medical missions will be sent to other countries in the coming days and weeks. These missions reflect Cuba’s long history of medical internationalism. Many of the members of medical staff who are now intimately involved in the fight against COVID-19 are part of the International Medical Brigade against Disasters and Serious Epidemics Henry Reeve, especially trained, which distinguished himself in the fight against the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
Cuba also offers treatments, some of which are not available in the United States and Canada. A key component of the protocols used on the island and medical missions is the Interferon Alfa 2 B Recombinant (IFNrec) of Cuba. While IFNrec is not the only drug against Coronaviurus, preliminary reports are promising and point to the effectiveness of IFNrec in combination with other drugs, in the treatment of COVID-19. In the extensive medical manual recently published by the Faculty of Medicine from the University of Zhejiang, China, on how to treat COVID-19, IFNrec is a crucial component of antiviral treatment to combat Coronavirus. It is also used as a preventive measure to protect health workers from contagion. At least 45 countries have tried to request Cuba’s cooperation to use IFNrec to address the COVID-19. pandemic.
We call on US governments U.S.S and Canada lift restrictions on access to Cuban medical knowledge, including importation of IFNrec, to combat the COVID-19. pandemic more effectively.
A precedent for this openness and cooperation has already been established by the joint venture – facilitated by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo – between the Cuban Molecular Immunology Center and the Comprehensive Cancer Center for Buffalo in the development of CIMAvax, Cuban lung cancer vaccine.
There was also a collaboration between Cuban medical staff and the University of Illinois on infant mortality in Chicago. This campaign will also benefit Canada, and in particular, Indigenous peoples and Black communities that are most at risk of contracting COVID-19. Unfortunately, the Canadian government has rejected the request of the Organization of several Southern Chiefs, which requested the assistance of Cuban doctors after learning about the health system on the island and its high international prestige. This organization represents Anishinaabe and Dakota First Nations in South Manitoba.
Join us and support us in this call for medical collaboration with Cuba. Cuban medical experience can and will save lives. As Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said: “Humanity faces a common challenge. This pandemic respects no borders or ideologies. It threatens everyone’s lives, and it’s everyone’s responsibility to face it.”
Specifically, we ask:
1. Incorporate Cuban Recombinant Interferon Alpha 2 B in clinical trials in the USA. U.S.S and Canada.
2. Approval by the US Food and Drug Administration USA of Interferon Alpha 2 B Recombinant Cuba.
3. Allow medical collaboration between the United States, Cuba and Canada.
4. End economic sanctions against Cuba and the right to travel including their extraterritorial nature and attempts to prevent other countries from accepting Cuban medical brigades.
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Many lives can be saved!
A special solidarity webinar to learn about the example Cuba is setting of putting human needs ahead of profits in the fight against COVID-19. Panelists discuss Cuba’s history of medical internationalism; how Cuba is fighting COVID-19 on the Island based on providing health care as a right; learn how Cuba is developing effective new medications such as Interferon Alpha 2-B; and how Cuba is sending medical teams to Italy, the Caribbean and dozens of countries.
The Worldwide Health Crisis Demands Solidarity, Not Sanctions!
Second Webinar: Saturday, April 18, 2:00 PM (Eastern), 11:00 AM (Pacific)
Alison Bodine — Fire This Time, Movement for Social Justice, Vancouver, Canada
Brenda Lopez — Co-coordinator, Los Angeles, US Hands Off Cuba Committee. Participant, Recent Cubambiente International Conference in Havana.
Ambassador Josefina Vidal — Cuba’s Ambassador to Canada. Lead negotiator in talks with Barack Obama Administration leading to reestablishment of US-Cuba diplomatic relations
US Graduate of The Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba
Medea Benjamin — Co-founder CODEPINK, The US Economic and Political War Against Venezuela
Dr. Horace Campbell — Professor of African American Studies and Political Science, Syracuse University, New York
Dr. Fernando Perez-Viart — Cuban-trained Doctor, President, Louisiana Cuban Club, Association of Cubans and Descendants Living in Louisiana. Proyecto Hispano de Ayuda a la Comunidad, volunteer director
Approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour for presenters followed by 45 minutes – 1 hour for Q&A
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