Namibia, November 13th, 2021- Aldo Luis Fuentes Acosta, Chargé d'Affaires a.i of the Cuban Embassy in Namibia, received members of the Namibia-Cuba Friendship Association, led by Cecilia Muzile, its secretary general. The union leader Herbert Jauch, director of the Friendship Association with Venezuela, was also present.
The Cuban diplomat updated the interlocutors on the production of three Cuban vaccines against COVID-19 and two other vaccine candidates for the treatment of the disease. He added that, thanks to the use of these medicines, distributed in Cuba through the island's extensive public health system, the country has managed to control coronavirus infections.
So far, Cuba has vaccinated, with the complete cycle, more than 80% of its population, while 90% have received at least one dose. Within these schemes are Cuban children between 2 and 18 years old, who have benefited from the first global vaccination campaign for that age range.
The Chargé d'Affaires a.i explained that these results have allowed the restart of the school year in Cuba and the opening of borders to international tourism on November 15.
Fuentes also denounced the maintenance of the economic, commercial and financial blockade of the United States against his country, despite the demands of the international community for its unconditional lifting. He added details about the 243 new measures applied by former President Donald Trump to reinforce that hostile US policy and criticized the application of 50 of them when Cuba was already suffering from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
In the same way, he thanked the government and people of Namibia for showing solidarity towards Cuba. In particular, he recalled the favourable vote for the Cuban resolution against the blockade and the speeches of President Hage Geingob, as well as other Namibian leaders, at the UN and other multilateral forums.
For their part, the guests asked questions about the Cuban reality and denounced the media disinformation campaigns against Cuba, organized from the United States.
The meeting was also conducive to devising strategies aimed at continuing to strengthen the work of solidarity with Cuba.