Cuban Gov. says Pandemic is Worse under Capitalism

Díaz-Canel interviene en debate de la Asamblea General de la ONU. Foto: Estudios Revolución.

HAVANA TIMES – The coronavirus pandemic is having the worst effects in capitalist systems. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel made that claim at the virtual UN General Assembly on Tuesday, reported dpa.

“[The] multidimensional crisis unleashed shows the great mistake of the dehumanized policies imposed by the market dictatorship,” Diaz-Canel said.

The pandemic’s “devastating economic and social effects are lethal among the most vulnerable and those with lower incomes.”

The Cuban president called for a reform of the UN. He urged it to “resume the just struggle to write off the uncollectable foreign debt.” He added, “the social and economic effects of the pandemic, threaten the survival of the peoples of the south.”

Diaz-Canel said Cuba’s health system was prepared to cope with the pandemic. He also stressed the country’s efforts to contribute to the global fight against it.

“Cuba sent 3,700 workers distributed in 46 medical brigades to 39 countries and territories hit by Covid-19,” he said.

The Cuban president delivered a scathing attack on his government’s arch enemy, the United States. He called it “a markedly aggressive and morally corrupt regime that despises and attacks multilateralism.” 

He also said Washington had “brutally tightened” its blockade against Cuba in the last two years.

The Caribbean island has so far confirmed 5,200 coronavirus infections and 117 deaths.

Medical care is free of charge in the country, which has 59 doctors for every 100,000 inhabitants. That figure, according to the World Health Organization, is the highest density of doctors in the world.

Read more news and commentary from Cuba here.


11 thoughts on “Cuban Gov. says Pandemic is Worse under Capitalism

  • September 24, 2020 at 12:54 pm
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    There is something almost pathetic, in Ken Theriault’s statement that the US is: “the wealthiest civilization ever” it reflects mental isolation from the real world. A few realities:
    Firstly, the US is a country not a civilization.
    Secondly, several countries have a higher living standard than the US.
    Thirdly, several countries have a higher GDP than the US.
    Fourthly, loss of life at birth is higher in the US than several other countries – including Cuba.
    Fifthly, life expectation is higher in several other countries than the US – including Cuba.
    Sixthly, the US is way way down on the UN list of quality of life.
    The US does however expend a higher percentage of its GDP upon health care (17.2%) than any other country – scarcely a basis for claiming to be a “wealthy civilization.”
    Ken appears to indicate that Cuba is dependent upon importation of drugs from the US – what about India – from which the US imports drugs.

  • September 24, 2020 at 4:55 am
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    It is statistically proven that, in the U.S., the virus has been felt by the poor and the racial minorities (the black population), more so than the middle class white population. Both deaths and active cases. To hide this fact does not add to the discussion, but weakens your argument.

    The fact that the population in the US do not have universal health care provided in the wealthiest civilisation ever, is a testament to the indifference the U.S. government has towards its own people. (sound familiar) The wealthy are attended to in resort like settings, while the less fortunate take their chances with home cures. It is also a misstatement to declare easy access to medicines for the Cuban government. The US channels all shipments to Cuba through Havana, helping to maintain control over the flow of the ‘allowed’ goods, while making access to remote Cuba difficult.

  • September 23, 2020 at 10:46 am
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    nothing is free in Cuba. This government has been in power since the 1959 and they have been stealing from the people since then. To say they have a free health care system is not correct. the Cuban people have suffered persecution, they have lost the freedom to choose the leaders, 90% of the people are poor. This country does not even have soap and they have a free health care? sure they do but it is not up to standard to other countries. the next time you visit the nice beaches in Cuba, please also visit the hospitals, the schools, the universities, the towns and you will see the price of the health care in Cuba. The article talks about the doctors Cuba has sent abroad? did you know the that government is charging the governments money for their doctors and they only give about 20% to the Cuban doctors, 10% of the salary is only provided after they return. in other words, this is the new slavery. Think again you support this government the next time you are drinking a corona close to the beach

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