How Cuba Became a Pioneer in Covid-19 Vaccines for Kids
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“They were not privy to the gazillion dollars some of these companies received,” said Maria Elena Bottazzi, co-director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, referring to multinationals like Pfizer and Moderna. “Sometimes, with very little, you can get very far.”
How did Cuba reach the finish line so fast? Its vaccine-makers credit the extraordinary teamwork of scientists around the globe. When the pandemic began, they quickly shared discoveries on the internet, such as the genetic sequencing of the new virus, known as SARS CoV-2. manufacturing vaccines, said Amilcar Pérez Riverol, a Cuban scientist who now works at the Institute for Medical Genetics at the University of Oldenburg in Germany.
Vérez’s scientific achievements won him global acclaim — but he couldn’t accept an award in 2005 from the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, Calif. The chemist was denied a U.S. visa, he said, on national-security grounds. At the time, the U.S. government worried Cuba might be developing a bioweapons program. Asked to comment on the case, the State Department declined, saying visa records were confidential.
René Roy, a prominent Canadian chemist and Vérez’s partner in developing the synthetic Hib vaccine, said they picked on the wrong guy. “He is a model for many people,” he said. “He is dedicated to human health in general, and in particular to kids.”A coronavirus vaccine was a moonshot, even for the world’s most sophisticated laboratories. For Cuba, the obstacles were titanic. It faced U.S. sanctions, a snarled global supply chain and a domestic economy in free fall. Cuba had such a shortage of syringes it had to beg for international donations. A New York-based charity, Global Health Partners, sent 6 million.
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June 26, 2022 at 2:30 PM #493130retired liberalParticipant
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Everybody knows that unless you can make a gazillion dollars profit, you know like Pfizer does, it don’t work to good! And if it does kinda work, it might save some lives of maybe… Women or something. Some people think that’s not worth it, ’cause it cuts into the pure profit somehow. Capitalism is the only way to get things done.
Enough or that B.S. Here is some reality. If Pfizer had shared their technology, instead of keeping secret, not sharing and way overcharging for their ‘vaccine’, made mostly on the tax payer’s dime, because they can, there would not only be better vaccines, but not nearly so many people would have died needlessly.
If Cuba could come up with better working vaccines, why could not the United States, with all our resources and money poured into the research here, done the same or better?
We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
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