Cubanos en UK and Juntos x Cuba, associations of Cuban residents in the United Kingdom and in Europe, together with friends of Cuba in Europe, the US and Canada, joined forces to send 50,000 cryotubes to the country to be used for testing immunogenicity in the phase 3 clinical trial of Abdala, one of the five vaccine candidates developed by Cuban scientists. This phase 3 clinical trial is the last stage with volunteers before approval is sought for the Abdala vaccine, in which its safety and efficiency must be confirmed. Efficacy evaluates the relationship between immunogenicity and protection against COVID-19. The cryotubes will allow the serum of vaccinated individuals to be transported at low temperatures (below zero) to the place where the content of antibodies that specifically prevent the coronavirus from entering the human cell will be evaluated.
Despite the difficulties caused by the closure of the first two fundraising platforms set up, with JustGiving and Crowdfunder-UK, due to the extraterritorial application of the criminal US blockade of Cuba, Cubans in the UK continued to collect donations (www.support-vaccination.org) to assist the Cuban people.
We thank all the people who have contributed so far for the generous gesture and solidarity with our country. Thanks to this effort, since the beginning of the year we have managed to send donations of medical supplies to Cuba worth £19,874.23. We call on Cuban residents abroad, friends of Cuba and any person in solidarity to continue supporting our country and we invite them to join the International Caravans against the blockade on May 29-30.
Cuban residents in Europe, who advocate that Cuba enjoy the right to self-determination, without foreign interference, and that the criminal Blockade of more than 60 years of the US government against our Homeland be put to an end, as well as all its policy of aggression and asphyxia, we issue the following declaration:
We, Cuban residents in Europe, who gather around of the movement Encuentro de Cubanos Residentes en Europa (ECRE), aware of the importance and the values of the economic and sociopolitical system adopted by our country, and its positive impact on our people and for other peoples, often forgotten and exploited by the great powers of the world. We resolutely condemn and repudiate the song that they have ignominiously titled Patria y Vida, as an affront to the Cuban people and Cuban history. For pursuing the same goals of those who, for so many years, have tried to bend us through hunger, disease and misery. The subject that the songwriters of the song have "suspiciously" forgotten.
Likewise, we reject the invitation to the European Parliament, supposedly to speak on behalf of the Cubans, to some of the participants in such a disgusting political pamphlet. A Parliament, which should listen to different voices, for its supposed "democratic values", but which mysteriously only likes to hear the songs supported and the financed by the same power that hates us and would like to see us on our knees. But Cuba is not a European nation.
The confused, the opportunists, the traitors, the disloyal to the country, have already been condemned by history. As part of the heroic people of the Island, we will never exchange a minute of glory, for all the wealth of the world, as Fidel taught us and with his words, pronounced on March 27th, 1960 we want to end:
“And may our enemies understand that such a people is not easy to attack; that a people like this cannot be defeated! Because we have definitely made ours, that slogan of the one who was the maximum expression of Cuban combativeness and courage, Antonio Maceo: “But whoever tries to take over Cuba will collect the dust of her soil drenched in blood, if she does not perish in the fight! “”
This petition is to demand that the companies JustGiving and Crowdfunding UK stop blocking humanitarian aid intended to save lives in Cuba. Both companies have closed down our fundraising campaign set up to buy medical supplies, including syringes, to help Cuba’ vaccination campaign against COVID-19. Crowdfunding UK closed the fundraising page with £731 raised and JustGiving with almost £2000. While JustGiving has confirmed its action was because Cuba is 'one of the countries under [US] sanctions'; Crowdfunding UK has yet to provide a clear answer but made reference to issues with Stripe, an US company they use as a payment provider.
Imposing sanctions on UK interests for dealings with Cuba is illegal under UK law. In 1996, the British Parliament approved the Protection of Trading Interests Act, Order No. 3171 on ‘The Extraterritorial US Legislation’, which makes it an convictable offence to comply with the extraterritorial imposition of US sanctions against Cuba, among other countries.
Furthermore, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the United Nations has urged governments’ imposing sanctions on other countries to ‘urgently lift, suspend or minimise’ this type of coercive measure that prevent affected nations receiving medicines and medical supplies, food, and fuels.
We under undersigned demand that JustGiving and Crowdfunder UK stop blocking humanitarian aid to save lives in Cuba.
We ask the British government to take measures, in accordance with UK law, to penalise JustGiving and Crowdfunder UK, and all other US companies, applying the extraterritorial US legislation against British interests.
JustGiving y Crowdfunder UK bloquearon la ayuda humanitaria para salvar vidas en Cuba
Esta petición es para exigir que las compañías JustGiving y Crowdfunder UK dejen de bloquear la ayuda humanitaria con el propósito de salvar vidas en Cuba. Ambas empresas han cerrado nuestra campaña de recaudación de fondos creada para comprar suministros médicos, incluidas jeringuillas, para ayudar en la campaña de vacunación de Cuba contra COVID-19. Crowdfunder UK cerró la página de recaudación de fondos con £731 recaudadas y JustGiving con casi £2000. Si bien JustGiving ha confirmado que su acción se debe a que Cuba es 'uno de los países bajo sanciones [de Estados Unidos]'; Crowdfunder UK aún no ha dado una respuesta clara, pero hizo referencia a problemas con Stripe, la empresa estadounidense que utilizan como proveedor de pagos.
La imposición de sanciones a los intereses del Reino Unido por tratos con Cuba es ilegal según la ley del Reino Unido. En 1996, el Parlamento británico aprobó la Ley de Protección de Intereses Comerciales, Orden No. 3171 sobre ‘La Legislación Extraterritorial de EE. UU.’, Que convierte en delito condenable cumplir con la imposición extraterritorial de sanciones de EE. UU. contra Cuba, entre otros países.
Además, en el contexto de la pandemia de Covid-19, las Naciones Unidas han instado a los gobiernos que imponen sanciones a otros países, para que 'levanten, suspendan o minimicen urgentemente' este tipo de medidas coercitivas que impiden que las naciones afectadas reciban medicamentos y suministros médicos, alimentos, y combustibles.
Los abajo firmantes exigimos que JustGiving y Crowdfunder UK dejen de bloquear la ayuda humanitaria para salvar vidas en Cuba.
Pedimos al gobierno británico que tome medidas, en conformidad con las leyes británicas, y penalise a JustGiving y Crowdfunder UK, y a todas las demás empresas estadounidenses, que aplican la legislación estadounidense extraterritorial contra los intereses británicos.
President of the United States of America Mr Joseph R. Biden Jr.
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
NW Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President Biden:
We followed the election for the 46th President of the United States of America hoping for changes in the midst of this terrible pandemic and an increasing erosion of human values during the Trump administration.
Our countries have a long history of tension as generations of Cubans have chosen to stand for our identity, our independence and sovereignty. However, we expect that future relationships between both countries could be based on what we have in common rather than what makes us different, and always on the basis of mutual respect.
Cuba Resists! Trump, the blockade and the US election.
On Thursday 29 October, four days before the US elections, Rock Around the Blockade (www.ratb.org.uk) hosted an important and informative online event called ‘Cuba Resists! Trump, the Blockade and the US Elections’. Over 250 participants from Britain and many countries around the world heard from a fantastic line-up of speakers who gave presentations before answering audience questions.
Nobel Peace Prize nomination for the Henry Reeve International Medical Contingent
In Cuba’s Henry Reeve International Medical Contingents, the foundational aspirations of the Nobel Prize are met: ‘those who have done the most, or the best work for fraternity between nations.’
The Covid-19 pandemic has seen the international community fracture; Cuba’s Henry Reeve International Medical Contingent has offered a counterexample, exemplifying the benefits of global healthcare cooperation. On 21 March 2020, 10 days after the World Health Organisation declared the SARS-Cov2 virus to be a pandemic, 53 Cuban medics, specialists in disaster response and disease control, arrived in Lombardy, Italy, at that time the epicentre of the pandemic, to assist local healthcare authorities. They were the first brigade of the Henry Reeve Contingent formed specifically to combat Covid-19 overseas, and the first to provide medical assistance in Europe.
By 22 September, the Henry Reeve Contingent had sent 3,700 Cuban medical specialists, organised into 46 medical brigades, to treat Covid-19 patients in 39 countries. In 5 months, these Cuban healthcare professionals, 60% of them women, had treated over 350,000 people, saving nearly 10,000 lives. No other country in the world, much less the wealthy nations, has provided anything like the assistance that Cuba has offered by sharing its epidemiological specialists and expertise with people around the world. Most of the beneficiaries of Cuba’s Henry Reeve brigades are poor people in developing countries, who have been left behind in the unseemly scramble by the rich nations to secure themselves PPE, ventilators, drugs and vaccines. Cuba has mobilised resources to offer this assistance despite the deterioration of the island’s economy; the US has tightened sanctions, generating serious shortages, and even blocked Cuban access to the ventilators and PPE needed to fight Covid-19 at home.
The Covid-19 pandemic teaches us the importance of international collaboration in a world so globalised that all our lives are intertwined. It teaches us that public health is a priority; a precondition to peace and security. A Nobel Peace Prize would reflect a new global awareness about the importance of healthcare & solidarity.
La asociación Cubanos en UK agradece a todas las personas y organizaciones que contribuyeron a la recaudación de más £25.000 mil libras esterlinas para ayudar a pacientes con COVID-19 en Cuba.
Con mucho orgullo enviamos un agradecimiento especial a la Dr Valia Rodriguez y Dr Míriam Palacios, científicas cubanas residentes en el Reino Unido quienes han liderado esta campaña.
También agradecemos los números mensajes de solidaridad y apoyo que hemos recibido desde todos los continentes del mundo. En estos momentos se está trabajando para comprar y hacer llegar de forma rápida y segura las donaciones a Cuba.
When times are hard, that is when we most need generosity, kindness and compassion. We appeal to that generosity, that makes us better people, as we turn to you in asking for help. We need to buy components to build ventilators to support COVID-19 patients with medical complications in Cuba.
As you may know, Cuba cannot buy new ventilators or repair old ones because the companies that previously supplied ventilators to Cuba were acquired by a US company (Vyaire Medical Inc). The US blockade imposed on Cuba forbids any type of trading, even of medical items in the middle of this pandemic. However, people still need to be treated and saved.
Cuban institutions in health, research and academia have come together to repair old ventilators and to build new devices to support infected patients. Funds from this appeal will support Cuba in building a ventilator using designs that the international community has kindly made available for free on the web. In this way, we can work around the US blockade of Cuba and help sick people.
We – you and me – can save patients in Cuba by contributing to this campaign.
This is an urgent request. We need to raise £25 000 Time is short, people are dying. Please, make your contribution today.
Dr Miriam Palacios-Callender & Dr Valia Rodriguez-Rodriguez
The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and First Secretary of State
House of Commons London SW1A 0AA
Dear Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP
Subject: Cubans in the UK demand an end to the US blockade.
We, Cuban residents in the United Kingdom, are urging the British government to play a leading role discussing with the United States of America the need to lift the Embargo against our people. The fight against the covid-19 pandemic is stretching resources all over the world and even strong economies are facing enormous challenges. We are sure that you appreciate how hard the NHS is working to look after patients with COVID-19. No country in the world can survive isolated and even worse when a powerful country imposes a blockade which includes medicine and medical products.
Cuba is making an extraordinary effort to face this covid-19 pandemic. The country tries to save lives inside and outside its borders. Currently, all Cuban and foreign patients in Cuba suffering from the symptoms of COVID-19 are treated in hospitals, including thousands of people suspected of incubating this new coronavirus. Medical students guided by their professors are carrying out national surveys to identify the most vulnerable and high-risk people, as part of preventive medicine, a characteristic of the Cuban health system.
The country also guarantees tests to detect this virus, ensuring national coverage, as part of the strategy to control the spread of COVID-19. These tests are carried out by specialist personnel in three laboratories in the country with technology and experts trained in the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine. Following the indications of the World Health Organization, the fieldwork seeks to identify the foci and their contacts to proceed to the isolation of possible carriers of the disease. This effort in the early stages of the spread of COVID-19 ensures that the exposed population is reduced and with it the best use of the resources of the national Public Health system.
Cuban researchers in collaboration with Chinese colleagues, have worked intensively on the production of a new vaccine against the new coronavirus, the clinical trial of which continues and is expected to be completed in 2021. Also, of Cuban production, the recombinant Interferon alfa 2B has been used in clinical trials since the beginning of the pandemic in China and is available for those who require it in Cuba. Other treatments with international success in this pandemic are also applied in Cuba, among them the antiretroviral Kaletra, previously used in the treatment and prevention of AIDS, and the antiviral Oseltamivir, a generic of national production widely used in the treatment and prevention of influenza viruses (A and B). On the other hand, the distribution of the nationally produced homeopathic medicine Prevengho-Vir has begun, as a prophylactic measure to avoid viral contagion.
Cuban epidemiologist and experts broadcast daily to inform and educate the population on the measures to be followed. Cuba has so far sent medical brigades to 17 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Europe that have requested Cuban assistance to face this pandemic. While Cuban doctors are in different countries providing medical care, the US department continues to urge Cuban doctors to abandon their missions, offering them visas to travel to the United States. They have also issued a circular to third countries asking them to reject the Cuban medical brigades for being allegedly “slaves” of the Cuban government. The international thanks and support that Cuban doctors have received contrast with the political manipulation used by the US administration. Nothing justifies the United States aggressive and inhumane policy towards Cuba.
The pandemic is also having a negative impact on the world economy. In just a few weeks, the most developed countries have taken extraordinary measures to provide essential resources to their populations and avoid the chaos caused by scarcity of resources. Our country has had to face similar circumstances for more than 60 years, not because of natural catastrophes but because of the iron blockade imposed on our country by the United States.
On April 1, a donation of medical supplies from China sent to 24 countries in the region, including Cuba, could not land in Cuba due to the US economic and financial blockade. The European Union and the United Nations have called on the US government to relax sanctions so that countries like Cuba can access the necessary food and medicine during the pandemic. However, the Trump administration continues to act unilaterally. Cubans need the definitive end of the US Embargo and the cessation of aggressions against Cuba.
We know about the good relationship between our countries, particularly in the areas of Education and Public Health. We witness your recognition and thanks to the Cuban government in response to the urgent situation experienced by the passengers of British cruise MS Braemar. The Cuban government allowed the docking of this vessels adopting the protocol established by the World health Organization and the Cuban Ministry of Health.
We now look forward to seeing a supportive and humane gesture towards Cuba.
Thank you in advance. Yours sincerely,
Dr Miriam Palacios and Mr Daniesky Acosta Directors for the association Cubanos en UK www.cubanos.org.uk
Nous, Cubains résidents en Europe, demandons aux présidents et aux premiers ministres de l'Union européenne d'intervenir auprès du gouvernement des États-Unis pour qu'il lève le blocus économique, financier et commercial imposé à Cuba depuis le 2 février 1962. Depuis l'arrivée de Donald Trump à la Maison Blanche, son administration a renforcé sa politique d'hostilité envers Cuba à un niveau jamais vu auparavant : du 16 juin 2017 à ce jour, elle a appliqué 191 mesures coercitives, activant à partir du 2 mai 2019 le Titre III de la loi Helms-Burton dans le cadre des actions visant à étouffer l'économie cubaine et à obtenir un changement de "régime" à Cuba à tout prix et contre le peuple cubain.
Comme tous les pays, Cuba doit mobiliser d'immenses ressources pour faire face à la pandémie de SRAS-Covid19. Pour parvenir à vaincre cette maladie, notre pays a un besoin urgent de développer tout son potentiel économique, sans les innombrables obstacles que le gouvernement des États-Unis impose aux entreprises cubaines et étrangères qui voudraient faire des affaires avec Cuba, qui doit acheter du carburant, de la nourriture et des médicaments pour notre peuple.