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Cuba and the US cooperate on infectious diseases at a meeting in Havana

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Cuba and the US cooperate on infectious diseases at a meeting in Havana

(EFE).- Health officials from Cuba and the United States met in Havana to strengthen their cooperation in the fight against infectious diseases, including covid-19, the island’s Ministry of Public Health reported this Thursday.

The meeting was framed within the agreement in the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2016 by the Cuban Ministry of Public Health and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), according to a statement.

he meeting was framed within the agreement in the Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2016 by the Cuban Ministry of Public Health and the US Department of Health and Human Services

It was only revealed by the Cuban side that both parties agreed to “continue working on the implementation of the Memorandum.”

Specifically, they advocated “promoting technical exchanges related to research on arbovirosis (a group of diseases caused by viruses transmitted by arthropods), experiences of covid-19 and other related topics.”

The visitors, members of the HHS and the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), met with specialists from the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK) of Cuba, as well as with managers and scientists from the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology ( CIGB) and the state pharmaceutical group BioCubaFarma.

The meeting was attended by the Vice Minister of Public Health, Carilda Peña García, and the director of the IAID Global Research Office, Joyelle Kalei Dominique, according to the official note.

Despite the fact that Washington has cooled on numerous occasions the expectations of the Cuban side for a reissue of the thaw, technical meetings have not stopped being held, some of which were never suspended even during the term of Donald Trump.

Earlier this March, the trip of some Cuban officials to the US unleashed a wave of protests among Republican politicians who rejected these meetings for security reasons. However, the Administration argued that the meeting was part of the International Port Security Program and that they have occurred in recent years, including, most recently, in 2019.

In November 2022US officials traveled to Havana to hold a meeting on migration, a meeting in which the Cuban side “highlighted areas of successful cooperation on migration, while identifying problems that have been obstacles to meeting the objectives of the Agreements”.

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