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Cuba, which has developed five candidate vaccines against the coronavirus, accused Friday the strengthening of the American embargo of having delayed its vaccination campaign.

“It must be said that we did not vaccinate more Cubans because we did not have the necessary resources to manufacture more vaccines, the world must know that”, said Yuri Valdés, deputy director of the Institute. Finlay of vaccines, during a session of the Cuban National Assembly where deputies invited parliamentarians from around the world to virtually join in their demand for the lifting of the embargo, in force since 1962.

The insufficient doses “are not for lack of technical knowledge but because we did not have the resources, because they were blocked”, explained the scientist.

If the administration of Joe Biden “may not have time to review the entire policy towards Cuba, the one that concerns all Cubans hospitalized and all Cubans we are in the process of vaccinating” must be reviewed, a- he added.

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“We must urge the government of the United States” to do something, because in this way it can mark “the difference between people who die or not”.

Cuba has developed five vaccine candidates against the coronavirus, two of which are in the final stages of testing and await their official authorization, probably in June.

But in the face of the rebound in cases, the island began vaccinating the worst-affected areas on May 12. The authorities plan to have vaccinated 70% of the population by the end of August.

The Chairman of the Committee on International Relations, Alberto Nuñez, declared that “the United States has stepped up its aggression in Cuba within the framework of Covid-19”, by applying under Donald Trump’s mandate 240 sanctions, which his successor did not ‘has so far not affected.

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Cuban scientists have repeatedly assured in recent months that the embargo has complicated the purchase of reagents, equipment or syringes. In recent weeks, several civil organizations, in Chile, Spain, the United States and Italy in particular, have launched fundraisers to collect 20 million syringes and send them to the island.

In April, an organization of the Swiss government and the NGO Medicuba Europe granted funding of $ 600,000 to Cuba for the acquisition of syringes.

Cuba remains relatively unaffected by the pandemic, with 138,899 cases including 933 deaths for 11.2 million inhabitants.

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