Cuba’s Contribution to Combatting COVID-19
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COVID-19 surged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December 2019 and by January 2020 it had hit Hubei province like a tidal wave, swirling over China and rippling out overseas. The Chinese state rolled into action to combat the spread and care for those infected. Among the 30 medicines the Chinese National Health Commission selected to fight the virus was a Cuban anti-viral drug Interferon Alpha 2b. This drug has been produced in China since 2003, by the enterprise ChangHeber, a Cuban-Chinese joint venture.
Cuban Interferon Alpha 2b has proven effective for viruses with characteristics similar to those of COVID-19. Cuban biotech specialist, Dr Luis Herrera Martinez explained that ‘its use prevents aggravation and complications in patients, reaching that stage that ultimately can result in death.’ Cuba first developed and used interferons to arrest a deadly outbreak of the dengue virus in 1981, and the experience catalysed the development of the island’s now world-leading biotech industry.
By 1984 Meningitis B had become the main health problem in Cuba. After six years of intense work, Campa’s team produced the world’s first successful Meningitis B vaccine in 1988. A member of Campa’s team, Dr Gustavo Sierra recalled their joy: ‘this was the moment when we could say it works, and it works in the worst conditions, under pressure of an epidemic and among people of the most vulnerable age.’ During 1989 and 1990, three million Cubans, those most at risk, were vaccinated. Subsequently, 250,000 young people were vaccinated with the VA-MENGOC-BC vaccine, a combined Meningitis B and C vaccination. It recorded 95% efficacy overall, with 97% in the high-risk three months to six years age group. Cuba’s Meningitis B vaccine was awarded a UN Gold Medal for global innovation. This was Cuba’s meningitis miracle.
Since its first application to combat dengue fever, Cuba’s interferon has shown its efficacy and safety in the therapy of viral diseases including Hepatitis B and C, shingles, HIV-AIDS and dengue. Because it interferes with viral multiplication within cells, it has also been used in the treatment of different types of carcinomas. Time will tell if Interferon Alfa 2b proves to be the wonder drug as far as COVID-19 goes.
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March 17, 2020 at 4:43 PM #288204Two way streetParticipant
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We do hope Interferon Alfa 2b drug will be a treatment for COVID-19 while a vaccine is being completed.
Not only did Cuba end its illiteracy problem in just two years, 1960-61, it has one of the world’s best biotech research and development centers working with other countries all around the world for many years.
I think that quite a few people do not know that leukemia is a disease that comes from an invading virus that can be transmitted human to human. The disease was not know in the New World until after the Spanish came to the Caribbean Islands. Scientist have tracked the leukemia virus to the island country of Haiti. Please feel free to research vectors from the past and the history on the spread of the disease. Best place would be books in college libraries.
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March 17, 2020 at 5:51 PM #288241rampartParticipant
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woulf you really like to hear how american propaganda covers this ……
“Cuba’s international medical missions are a form of human trafficking and modern slavery, U.S. State Department officials told a news conference in New York.”
March 17, 2020 at 7:29 PM #288289Spud DemonParticipant
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Fact check? It took me a while to find anything on Wikipedia.
- No mention of Interferon on the Meningitis page
- No mention of Meningitis on the Interferon or Interferon Alfa-2b page
- No mention of Campa on any of those pages
- Finally I did a search for VA-MENGOC-BC and came up with this mention:
A vaccine for serogroup B was developed in Cuba in response to a large outbreak of meningitis B during the 1980s. This vaccine was based on artificially produced outer membrane vesicles of the bacterium. The VA-MENGOC-BC vaccine proved safe and effective in randomized double-blind studies,<sup id=”cite_ref-29″ class=”reference”></sup><sup id=”cite_ref-30″ class=”reference”></sup><sup id=”cite_ref-31″ class=”reference”></sup> but it was granted a licence only for research purposes in the United States<sup id=”cite_ref-32″ class=”reference”></sup> as political differences limited cooperation between the two countries.<sup id=”cite_ref-33″ class=”reference”></sup>
I still haven’t found any mention of UN Gold Medals, except for the diplomatic and military varieties.
March 19, 2020 at 10:09 AM #289341EnthusiastParticipant
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The USA is awash in propaganda. It is lies atop lies from both parties.
I would like to remind you that U.S. health insurance companies do not contribute anything to health care. They are only a PARASITIC middle man receiving an undeserved cut of "FREE MONEY".
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