Sanitary material donated by US associations close to the ruling party arrives in Cuba

Sanitary material donated by US associations close to the ruling party arrives in Cuba

US groups related to the Cuban government sent a donation of medical supplies for liver transplants to eight children who arrived this Sunday, according to the state press.

The products that make up the donation were purchased with $25,000 raised, according to Cuban-American Carlos Lazo, manager of the Puentes de Amor project, who traveled with the leader of Code Pink, the American Medea Benjamín, as well as with other activists from those organizations. .

Lazo said that the laws that regulate the economic embargo that the US has applied to Cuba for six decades prohibit the acquisition of these products through the market between the two countries, according to the Cuban agency Prensa Latina.

Lazo said that the laws that regulate the economic embargo that the US has applied to Cuba for six decades prohibit the acquisition of these products through the market between the two countries.

“The pressure we are putting on the United States Congress and the White House is aimed at trying to end the blockade imposed on Cuba for more than 60 years,” said activist Medea Benjamín.

He also pointed out that as long as this objective is not achieved “the most important effort will be aimed at continuing to help in the donation of syringes, food, medicines, and continue fighting to end the blockade.”

The acquisition of medical supplies is one of the exemptions from the embargo, under the same conditions as food. “The United States routinely authorizes the export of humanitarian goods, agricultural products, medicines and medical equipment to support the Cuban people. In 2019, the United States exported millions of dollars of medical products” to the Island, said in 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, the then Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs of the United States, Michael Kozak.

The condition is that Cuba must pay in advance for the purchase and in cash, a practice that is unusual in international trade, as Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez has pointed out on several occasions, but through which tons of products are regularly purchased.

This donation is added to others received on the island in previous months sponsored by US associations and foundations and from Cubans living in the United States.

Since last year Cuba has received donations of sanitary items and basic food from Russia, China, Mexico, Japan, Nicaragua, Vietnam, among other countries, from both governments and private groups.

“The United States routinely authorizes the export of humanitarian goods, agricultural products, medicines and medical equipment to support the Cuban people. In 2019, the United States exported millions of dollars of medical products”

Last year the country received 135 donations from 40 countries, mostly medical supplies and equipment for immunization and fight against the pandemic, according to official data.

Cuba has been going through a serious crisis for months due to the combination of the covid-19 pandemic, the tightening of the US economic, financial and commercial embargo and problems in national macroeconomic management.

Last week, the authorities prevented the entry by American journalist Anthony DePalmto the Island. The also writer carried two suitcases loaded with medicines for his friends from Guanabacoa, Havana, who inspired him to write his book The Cubans: Ordinary Lives in Extraordinary Times.

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