By Elio Delgado Legon

HAVANA TIMES – The news has already traveled across the globe: Cuba already has a vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, and clinical trials began on Monday August 24th. It is a great feat for a small underdeveloped country, there’s no doubt about that, especially as it has been suffering an economic, commercial and financial blockade for almost 60 years. Its enemies can’t deal with that, it’s like twisting a knife in their heart.

They have been trying to stain Cuba’s international reputation for a long time now, more specifically, attacking the field where our country has won great prestige: the health sector.

They have accused us of practicing modern slavery with our doctors and human trafficking; however, Cuban doctors are proud to carry Cuba’s name and our healthcare to the most remote corners of the Earth, where they save thousands of lives, which is something that makes them loved and admired by these people and their governments.

Everybody knows that the US has gone out of its way to convince many governments not to accept Cuban medical aid; yet, 39 countries have already requested and received the assistance to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. This involves over 3,700 doctors, nurses and health technicians, belonging to the Henry Reeve Contingent, which specializes in providing aid in disaster situations and severe pandemics.

If we add to this number the almost 30,000 health mission workers who were working in 58 countries, we are talking about a real army of white coats saving human lives, which has boosted Cuba’s prestige across the globe.

But let’s get back to the beginning of this article.  When Cuban TV announced on TV show Mesa Redonda, on August 20th, that scientists who have managed to manufacture a vaccine in record time, would then be taken to clinical trials, Google closed the show’s YouTube account, as well as Cubavision Internacional and Granma newspaper’s YouTube accounts, to stop the world from learning about Cuban science’s great achievement.

Where is this freedom of press that imperialists hail so much? When it comes to hurting Cuba, they don’t even believe in their own postulates. Google’s administration tried to explain this off as “because it infringes export laws.” Now, I have to ask again: what does the free-flow of information online have to do with the blockade which is supposedly economic, commercial and financial? Maybe we also have to add informative, as the Empire doesn’t want Cuba’s truth to be known by the world, so it continues to believe their lies.

The US has pressured Bolivia’s de facto government into suspending Cuban medical collaboration, and it did the same thing with Brazil and with Ecuador, and the only people to suffer are your ordinary Tom, Dick and Harry in these countries, who don’t have health systems that are unable to cover their medical needs.

However, reality is plain for all to see, even if it does pain our enemies, Cuba has the Soberana01 vaccine – to fight the virus that leads to COVID-19, which has killed so many all over the world, already in clinical trial. Plus, Cuba has the means to produce it en masse, which will enable us to vaccinate our people and help other counties free themselves of this plague.


Elio Delgado Legon

Elio Delgado-Legon: I am a Cuban who has lived for 80 years, therefore I know full well how life was before the revolution, having experienced it directly and indirectly. As a result, it hurts me to read so many aspersions cast upon a government that fights tooth and nail to provide us a better life. If it hasn’t fully been able to do so, this is because of the many obstacles that have been put in its way.

15 thoughts on “Cuba’s Prestige Pains its Enemies

  • Cuba’s truth from Elio is funny.

    Have real elections switch to democracy and free speech.
    1 party communist regimes have no merit never will.

  • Nick, you omit noting that Cuba by “exporting medical expertise” is simultaneously promoting communism. It is not for naught that medical students in Cuba have to attend compulsory classes in Marx/Engels/Lenin teachings.
    As for weapons or products used in torture or executions, the communist world does not require advice or guidance upon the practice of either.
    If Nick, by declaring that Elio’s views are as acceptable as mine, followed by declaring that “Conservatism and Communism both have their flaws” you hope to persuade that you have unbiased ‘balance’, you fail, for your views are crystal clear that you are virulently opposed to capitalism.
    As for the alternative…..?

  • As laughable as his articles are, it’s good to hear from Elio every once in a while to take the temperature of the Castro dictatorship’s last days. It’s curious how both the Russians and the Cubans have “discovered” a vaccine at the same time, yet the supporting evidence for the efficacy of the vaccine remains unpublished for the world to validate. These public announcements are obviously intended for internal public consumption. By the way, does Elio know that nearly 25% of the Cuban medical staff that went on mission to Brazil did not return to Cuba?

  • Some countries earn revenue from exporting weapons and products used in torture or executions. Cuba earns revenue through exporting medical expertise. I know which I would find to be preferable regardless of Mr MacD constantly pointing out the flaws.
    As I have said Mr MacD, you make some very valid points on a variety of matters. I don’t dispute this.
    Elio’s opposing views are just as valid.
    They provide a counterbalance. A counterbalance that I am always pleased to see. I would suggest that Conservatism and Communism both have their flaws.
    My point is that it is preferable to read both sides of the argument in HT.
    Now that’s not a complicated point.

  • Oh Nick, your memory is short! You obviously do not recall my praise of Cuban medical staff, both nurses and doctors, and my admiration for the services that they provide despite the conditions under which they have to work.
    I have written in these pages of the medical attention I have personally received in Cuba, and of the missing door handles, broken windows, lack of drugs that doctors would like to prescribe,
    and difficulty in maintaining sanitary conditions. I have also mentioned that I have family members who have served in the so-called Cuban medical brigades in contracting countries.
    I understand your desire to support Elio, but do not denigrate my view of the medical fraternity of Cuba, for doing so is to fail to acknowledge the talents I have described.
    Yes, I am a critic of the working conditions, but they and the shortage of drugs, are due to the Castro regime. I am also critical of the propaganda blarney about how Cuban medical brigades are saving the world – as if donating, when their actual function is to supply the Castro coffers with revenue.

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