Cuban Music Duo Buena Fe Postpones Concert in Canada in Defense of Cuban Vaccines

With the government of Canada 🇨🇦 refusing to recognize Cuba’s vaccines, Cuban music duo Buena Fe was asked to be vaccinated with shots recognized by Canada in order to play their concerts. Here was their response. Revolutionary Medicine: Cuba’s Vaccine Journey Why are Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela Managing So Well in the Fight Against Covid-19?…

Mexico Authorizes Emergency Use of Cuba’s Abdala Vaccine

Kawsachun News Cuba’s Abdala vaccine has been granted emergency use authorization by Mexico, which joins Nicaragua, Venezuela, Iran, Vietnam and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in authorizing the use of Cuban-developed vaccines, produced by the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. The Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris) reports that “specialized personnel…

Why Cuba Does Not Have an Anti-Vaccine Movement

Marc Vandepitte, Toon Danhieux Increasingly, large sectors of the European population, and in the US to a lesser extent, openly express their distrust towards their government’s policies to combat COVID-19. The reaction of the traditional policy is one of panic and is characterized by paternalism and repression: general obligation to vaccinate and restricting freedom of…

Cuba’s Vaccine Could End up Saving Millions of Lives

Branko Marcetic A medical worker displays a dose of Cuba’s Soberana 2 vaccine against COVID-19 at a school in Havana, Cuba. (Joaquin Hernandez / Xinhua via Getty Images) Thanks to its public biotech sector and its government’s deep commitment to public health, Cuba is now the only low-income country to have made its own COVID…

Cuba-Vietnam: On the Road to Vaccine Self-Reliance

Jyotsna Singh Cuban health worker holding vial of Abdala vaccine. Photo: Manolo de los Santos Cuba and Vietnam share a rich history of anti-imperialist struggles and are living examples of the daily battle against US hegemony. During the pandemic, they are paving the way for South-South solidarity and enhancing local production, a must for a…

Cuba’s Vaccine Triumph: Interview

Kawsachun News Kawsachun News spoke exclusively to the Ambassador of Cuba in Bolivia, Danilo Sánchez Vázquez, about the COVID-19 vaccines his country is developing and the context for Cuba’s success in the field of biotech and public health. We also discussed Cuba’s economic model and the enormous difficulties foisted upon the country due to the…

Cuba’s Vaccine Shield and the Five Monopolies that Structure the World

Tricontinental In 1869, at the age of fifteen, José Martí and his young friends published a magazine in Cuba called La Patria Libre (‘The Free Homeland’), which adopted a strong position against Spanish imperialism. The first and only issue of the magazine carried Martí’s poem, ‘Abdala’. The poem is about a young man, Abdala, who…

Cuba’s Journey of Developing Vaccines While Battling the US Blockade

Two new vaccines, both developed in Cuba, have shown remarkable efficacy in clinical trials. Three dose vaccine Abdala showed 92.28% efficacy in phase 3 trials which is among the highest in vaccines developed so far. It is also crucial to remember that Cuba developed these vaccines even as it continues to suffer under the crippling…

Cuba’s Abdala and Soberana 02 Vaccines Near the Finish Line

Peoples Dispatch “In name of Cuba, congratulations,” said Miguel Díaz-Canel to the researchers of CIGB that worked to create Abdala, the anti-COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Granma The Abdala vaccine showed 92.28% efficacy with three doses during the third phase of clinical trials and the Soberana 02 vaccine showed 62% efficacy with just two of its three…

The Media War Against Cuban Vaccines

José Manzaneda The achievements of Cuba, a country in the South under blockade, in developing not one, but five vaccines against COVID-19, are being recognized by major international media, traditionally belligerent against the island. This is the case of The Washington Post (1), BBC (2), CNN (3) or El País (4), among others. But there…

Cuba Libre to be COVID-Libre: Five Vaccines and Counting

Helen Yaffe It is the absence of the capitalist profit motive which underlies the outstanding domestic and international response to COVID-19 by socialist Cuba. Photo by Martin Abegglen/Flickr. On March 23, 2021, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a group of Conservative Party backbenchers: ‘The reason we have the vaccine success is because of capitalism,…

Cuba-China Develop Joint Vaccine Against New SARS-CoV-2 Strains

China and Cuba are joining efforts to obtain a vaccine, called Pan-Corona, which will be effective against different strains of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and prevents future variations of COVID-19, Xinhua reported Sunday. According to the news agency, Chinese scientists and Cuban specialists of the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) are developing the product…

Cuba To Produce 100 Million COVID-19 Vaccines for Citizens and Other Developing Nations

James Tweedie Countries including India, Pakistan, Iran, Vietnam and neighbouring Venezuela are already interested in importing the Cuban-developed Soberana-2 vaccine against COVID-19, the Finlay Institute said, although the jab is still undergoing clinical trials. Cuba’s Finlay Institute is preparing to produce 100 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccines this year — citing demand from other…