La #ciencia cubana y todo su incentivo en el enfrentamiento a la #COVID-19

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Investigadoras del CIM evaluando resultados de la utilización del anticuerpo monoclonal Anti-CD6 Foto: BioCubaFarma

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Cada día se suman nuevos casos a la larga lista de personas que en el mundo resultan positivas al SARS CoV-2, un virus que no entiende de raza, estatus o poder, y que nos pone a todos en la misma balanza de igualdad frente a la posibilidad del contagio.

Ante tal escenario, la comunidad científica cubana ha volcado todos sus esfuerzos en la búsqueda de protocolos y tratamientos médicos, que ayuden a combatir esta pandemia global. A salvar vidas. Una de las instituciones que apuesta todo su conocimiento en este empeño es el Centro de Inmunología Molecular (CIM).

Según explicó su director general, Eduardo Ojito Magaz, –durante la comparecencia en el programa radiotelevisivo Mesa Redonda–  este centro se involucró desde el comienzo en el enfrentamiento a la enfermedad, incluso antes de que se reportaran los primeros casos confirmados en Cuba.

Dicho actuar, añadió, fue posible a partir de la experiencia de la institución y su devenir en los campos de la innovación y la producción de medicamentos, desde que se fundó en 1994.

«El primer producto del CIM, que salió como candidato para ser utilizado por el personal de salud cubano para enfrentar la COVID-19 fue el anticuerpo monoclonal Anti-CD6 o Itolizumab que, originalmente, se ha empleado para tratar el Linfoma Cutáneo de células T y la Leucemia Linfocítica Crónica».

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#Turkish #press highlights: «#Cuba better placed than many nations to fight pandemic”.

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By Cubaminrex

Ankara.- The Anadolu Press Agency, the main one in Turkey, published today, under headlines, a full article which highlighted the various reasons why Cuba is in the best conditions to fight in many countries against COVID-19.

The work underscored the Cuban medical contribution to face the pandemic in Italy and in 20 other countries around the world; the great development of the health of Cuba thanks to the policies of its Socialist Revolution and its leader Fidel Castro and the evolution of the use of its advances against the new coronavirus in China and other countries. It also highlighted the offer of medical aid in the United States when the scourge of Hurricane Katrina, which, although it was rejected, had an experience of support against epidemics such as Ebola in Africa and cholera in Haiti or after earthquakes in several countries; and the award-winning work of more than 400,000 health specialists in 164 countries.

After commenting on the Cuban perspective regarding the criticism from the United States government against this cooperation, the article emphasized how the US blockade was maintained despite the pandemic and regardless of the various demands for its lifting. It echoed the statement of the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations of April 16, 2020, in particular its complaint about the negative effects of the blockade, since it hindered the acquisition of supplies and medical equipment by Cuba to combat the pandemic.

Following is the full text of the article.

Cuba better placed than many nations to fight pandemic.

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#IPK, Cuba’s command center

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Biosecurity protocols developed by the IPK are among its key contributions in work with infectious diseases. Photo: Ariel Cecilio Lemus Alvarez

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With the fundamental mission of controlling, preventing and treating infectious diseases that affect the Cuban population, the Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine (IPK) is currently functioning as Cuba’s command center in the Public Health system’s battle to develop prevention and training strategies to confront the global threat of the new SARS COV-2 coronavirus.

The institution’s National Reference Laboratory, of international prestige, is one of the three responsible for confirming cases of Covid-19, the disease resulting from this dangerous virus.

According to Dr. Manuel Romero Placeres, director of the institution – which is home to national reference centers for viral, bacterial, parasitic and mycological diseases, including HIV/AIDS – the symptoms that may indicate Covid-19 are fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat and general malaise, similar to other common types of flu, and said the elderly population is most likely to develop severe symptoms and complications after contracting the infection.

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The world rediscovers Cuban medical #internationalism

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By Helen Yaffe/Le Monde diplomatique

Just weeks ago, in late February 2020, US Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders was vilified by the US establishment for acknowledging education and healthcare achievements in revolutionary Cuba.

Now, as the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic sweeps the globe, the island’s medical prowess is back in the spotlight, first because the Chinese National Health Commission listed the Cuban anti-viral drug Interferon alfa-2b among the treatments it is using for Covid-19 patients. Effective and and safe in the therapy of viral diseases including Hepatitis B and C, shingles, HIV-Aids and dengue, the Cuban anti-viral drug has shown some promise in China and the island has now received requests for the product from 45 countries.

Then, on 21 March a 53-strong Cuban medical brigade arrived in Lombardy, Italy, at that time the epicentre of the pandemic, to assist local healthcare authorities. While images spilled out over social media, little was said in mainstream outlets. The medics were members of Cuba’s Henry Reeve Contingent, which received a World Health Organisation (WHO) Public Health Prize in 2017 in recognition for providing free emergency medical aid. In addition to Italy, Cuba sent medical specialists to 37 of the 59 countries in which their healthcare workers were already operating, to treat Covid-19 cases.

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U.S.: Senator Sanders Praises Cuba’s Literacy Program

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By Prensa Latina

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, a candidate for his party’s presidential nomination in November, praised the Cuban Revolution’s literacy program, a topic that made a stir on social networks today.

When Fidel Castro took office, do you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that bad,’ Sanders said, and it was replied back by users of the social network Twitter.

Sanders’ opinions, issued during an interview with the CBS television program 60 Minutes, refer to literacy, one of the programs that Fidel Castro presented in his argument The History Will Absolve Me, after the assault on the Moncada Barracks in 1953.

The senator made it clear that ‘his socialism’ is far from the social project of the Caribbean island with 60 years of experience and stressed that ‘it is unfair to simply say that everything is wrong.

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#Archbishop of #NewYork highlights Cuba’s contribution to world #health

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At ELAM, the Archbishop of New York spoke with American and Colombian students. (Photo: Emilio Herrera)

By Prensa Latina

The Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, highlighted on Wednesday Cuba’s contribution to the world in the area of health, through collaboration agreements and the training of medical professionals.

Nations usually unite for trade and war, but it is important that they unite for health, the religious reflected during a visit to the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), created in 1999 by the commander in chief, Fidel Castro, to train human resources from Third World nations, fundamentally.

According to Dolan, the center is a reference point for solidarity and humanism that is in line with the preaching of the Church, and he called it ‘a biblical example of values and solidarity.

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#Arzobispo de #NuevaYork destaca aporte de #Cuba a la #salud del mundo

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Por CubaSí/Prensa Latina

El arzobispo de Nueva York, cardenal Timothy Dolan, resaltó hoy la contribución de Cuba al mundo en materia de salud, a través de convenios de colaboración y la formación de profesionales de la medicina.

Las naciones suelen unirse para el comercio y la guerra, pero es importante que se unan para la salud, reflexionó el religioso durante una visita a la Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina (ELAM), creada en 1999 por el comandante en jefe, Fidel Castro, para formar recursos humanos de naciones del Tercer Mundo, fundamentalmente.

De acuerdo con Dolan, el centro es un referente de solidaridad y humanismo que está en consonancia con la prédica de la Iglesia, y lo calificó como ‘un ejemplo bíblico de valores y solidaridad’.

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Descubre 5 logros de la #ciencia en #Cuba

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Según el Centro Nacional Coordinador de Ensayos Clínicos (Cencec), en la Isla existe un total de 98 ensayos clínicos para diferentes tipos de enfermedades. | Foto: Cubahora

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Descubrimientos y adelantos científicos que demuestran que en Cuba existen hombres y mujeres de ciencia que se sobreponen a las limitaciones materiales, económicas y financieras a favor del desarrollo nacional.

Desde 1990, cada 15 de enero se celebra el Día de la Ciencia en Cuba, debido a la importancia que el Gobierno de la mayor de las Antillas le concede a este sector en el desarrollo del país.

“El futuro de nuestra patria tiene que ser necesariamente un futuro de hombres de ciencia, tiene que ser un futuro de hombres de pensamiento, porque precisamente es lo que más estamos sembrando; lo que más estamos sembrando son oportunidades a la inteligencia (…)”, expresó Fidel Castro el 15 de enero de 1960.

El nacimiento de hombres y mujeres cubanos dedicados a la ciencia han aportado al mundo descubrimientos que evidencian la afirmación anterior. Estos son cinco logros  más relevantes de la ciencia en Cuba:

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