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Vietnamese alumni assist Cuba combat Covid-19

Hannah Nguyen Hannah Nguyen

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June 24, 2021 | 10:09

A group of Vietnamese alumni once studied in Cuba has presented more than VND 390 million to help Cuban people cope with Covid-19.

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Vietnamese alumni assist Cuba combat Covid-19
At the meeting. Source: VNT

On June 23, in Hanoi, the Vietnam - Cuba Friendship Association in collaboration with the Cuban Embassy in Hanoi organized a friendship meeting.

The event was held both in person and via videoconference with bridge points in many provinces and cities of Vietnam as well as La Habana, Cuba's capital.

Attending the meeting, from the Vietnamese side, there were President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations Nguyen Phuong Nga; Standing Vice Chairman of the Vietnam - Cuba Friendship Association Nguyen Viet Thao; representatives of ministries, departments, branches, association and local friendship union.

On the Cuban side, Cuban Ambassador to Vietnam Orlando Hernandez Guillen, Cuban Embassy's staff of the in Vietnam and Vice President of the Cuba - Vietnam Friendship Association Dr. Ruvislei González at the La Habana Bridgehead.

At the meeting, delegates were listened to Cuban Ambassador Orlando Hernández Guillén share and update information on Cuba's Covid-19 situation.

According to him, despite many difficulties from the encirclement policy, economic, trade and financial embargoes, Cuba has made great efforts to develop in many fields, especially health sector. Currently, Cuba is producing five Covid-19 vaccines, he said, but Abdala vaccine 92.28% effective against coronavirus after three shots.

Cuba stands ready to cooperate with Vietnam in the supply of Abdala vaccine and the transfer of vaccine production technology, he said.

On this occasion, delegates expressed their solidarity and support for Cuba in calling for the international community to vote on asking the United States to end the embargo the United States imposed on Cuba for more than 60 years.

On behalf of the Vietnam - Cuba Friendship Association, Thao shared a message of solidarity with the Cuban people, calling for an end to the encirclement and embargo policies against Cuba.

Vietnamese alumni assist Cuba combat Covid-19
The event was held both in person and via videoconference. Source: VNT

The Vietnamese people always stand in solidarity with the Cuban people and strongly support the Resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly asking the US to immediately lift the embargo against Cuba so that the Caribbean nation can build a develop the country, integrate into the world economy and trade in a fair and equal way.

This is not only the wishes of the Cuban people, but also the hopes of the Vietnamese people as well as the progressive and peace-loving people around the world, including the people of the US. We will not stop standing in solidarity with the Cuban people until this becomes a reality, Thao said.

"We always believe in and strongly support the noble and just cause of the Cuban people in building and developing a sovereign, independent, democratic, prosperous and sustainable country. We call for the support of the American people and the action of the US Government to immediately end the unreasonable and outdated encirclement and embargo policies against Cuba, and restart the process of normalizing relations with Cuba for peace and development in the region and in the world," Thao emphasized.

Vietnamese alumni assist Cuba combat Covid-19
Representative of Vietnamese alumni club hands over the donation to Cuban Ambassador Orlando Hernández Guillén. Source: VNT

Also at the event, the club of Vietnamese alumni once studied in Cuba under the friendship association, through the Cuban Embassy in Hanoi, has supported the Cuban people more than VND 390 million (USD 16.900).

On the same day, Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security and the Cuban Ministry of Interior held online talks to seek ways to deepen cooperation between their ministers, reported VNA.

Minister of Public Security To Lam also symbolically handed over 100 tonnes of rice to the Cuban ministry to share difficulties facing the Latin American country.

The Abdala vaccine produced by Cuba has passed all three phases of human trials, with the third involving around 48,000 people aged 19-80. However, the vaccine has yet to undergo clinical trials in any other country, according to Cuban Minister of Public Health Jose Angel Portal Miranda.

Initial trial results showed the vaccine is effective against certain coronavirus variants (Beta and Gamma), safe to use and immunogenic. Cuba could produce around 100 million Abdala vaccine doses a year, of which only 30 million doses would be reserved for domestic use.

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Hannah Nguyen