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Argentina's Health Minister and the President's advisor on health issues are currently visiting the Caribbean island to meet with health authorities and researchers and learn about the progress of the Cuban COVID vaccine candidates Abdala and Soberana O2.
Cuban President, Miguel Díaz-Canel, praised Latin America's unity in the confrontation with Covid-19, referring to the Argentine Health Minister`s visit to Cuba.
The president highlighted in his Twitter account the presence of Carla Vizzotti, Minister of Health of the South American nation, along with Cecilia Nicolini, advisor to the Presidency of Alberto Fernández. The latter arrived in this capital to learn about the five Cuban vaccine candidates against the disease.
"Having siblings at home is always good news. Cuba's vaccine candidates were also conceived with them in mind," said the head of state of the Caribbean country.
He also highlighted the "beautiful coincidence" between the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Argentina, 48 years ago when Héctor Cámpora assumed the presidency of the southern nation and the presence of the civil servants on the island.
Advisor of Argentina's president and health minister visit Cuba to check on vaccine production. Argentina decided to fund manufacturing of vaccines in the island to secure supply. https://t.co/QtM6u08qj4
On their first day in Havana, Vizzotti and Nicolini met with Cuban health authorities and researchers to learn about the progress in developing the Abdala and Soberana 02 vaccines, which are going through the last phase of clinical trials.
On Thursday, the delegation had an intense schedule, which included a visit to the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology and the headquarters of the group of companies in the biopharmaceutical industry, BioCubaFarma.
"We believe in the integration of our America and in the value of the friendly exchange of experiences and concrete actions that favor the well-being of the peoples," said the Argentine Minister of Health on her Twitter account, which she accompanied with an image of the Cuban drugs against Covid-19.
"La de Cuba es la primera vacuna 100% latinoamericana. Es un desarrollo de Cuba que cierra el círculo virtuoso de ensayo clínico, distribución y aplicación"
"Cuba's vaccine is the first 100% Latin American vaccine.
It is a Cuban breakthrough that closes
the virtuous circle of a clinical trial, distribution, and application".
Telephone receiver @carlavizzotti Minister of Health of the Nation in #PasaronCosas.
The South American nation faces a delicate situation due to the pandemic, with some 35,000 infections per day and the virtual collapse of hospitals in the capital.
In the last 24 hours, more than 500 people died from the disease, which generates great concern in the country, mainly in Buenos Aires, where there is a lack of beds in several hospitals and high occupancy in intensive care units.