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Cuba’s vaccine development success should be the impetus to lift sanctions and end the embargo

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Cuban officials announced on Monday that its homegrown, three-shot Abdala vaccine has proven to be 92.28% effective in its final stage of clinical trials. The announcement follows similar news over the weekend, when another Cuban-developed vaccine candidate, Soberana 2, was announced to be 62% effective with just two of its three doses.

This is a huge milestone for Cuba. Its biotech industry is wholly self-reliant because of the decades-spanning US embargo placed on the country for the express purpose of crippling its economy. Cuba’s Covid-19 vaccine development, coupled with all of its success over the years in biotech, prove that the embargo is not working; that is, it’s not advancing “democracy” or “human rights” (code for regime change) in the country.

However, new sanctions introduced by the administration of former President Donald Trump that were introduced because Cuba is a “state sponsor of terror,” (a complete and utter lie) are only making things unnecessarily difficult. For example, it’s been reported that Cuba is facing a syringe shortage because of its already bogged-down manufacturing base stemming from the embargo in conjunction with........

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