Interferon alpha 2B: Cuban drug used in China against Coronavirus

Cuban medication Interferon alpha selected among drugs to combat coronavirus
Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel noted the Chinese government’s determined efforts to confront coronavirus epidemic, with positive results becoming evident, including the recovery of more than 1,500 patients
Author: Digital news staff | informacion@granma.cu
february 10, 2020 11:02:03

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Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel noted the Chinese government’s determined efforts to was based on effectiveness shown previously against viruses with characteristics similar to those of this coronavirus.
“It has the advantage, in situations like these, of functioning as a protective mechanism, preventing patients from getting worse, reaching a severe stage, with death as the outcome,” the specialist explained.
Dr. Herrera noted that Cuba shared the technology to produce the drug some years ago, with the opening of the ChangHeber joint Chinese-Cuban facility in the town of Changchun, Jilin province. This plant makes “the same product we do,” he noted, “with exactly the same technology, meeting quality standards approved by Chinese and Cuban regulatory authorities.”
The Cuban embassy in China reported on its Twitter account, “The Chinese-Cuban Changheber plant in Jilin has been producing Interferon alpha (IFNrec) with the use of Cuban technology since the first day of the Lunar New Year. The Chinese Health Commission has selected our product among those used in the fight against coronavirus.”

confront the coronavirus 2019-NCOV epidemic, with positive results now becoming evident, including the recovery of more than 1,500 patients.
Díaz-Canel tweeted: “Interferon alpha 2B: Cuban drug used in China against coronavirus. Our support to the Chinese government and people in their efforts to combat the coronavirus,” while noting the use of an anti-viral product from the country’s biotechnology industry.
The drug, IFNrec, is one of about 30 medications selected by the Chinese National Health Commission to treat the respiratory condition and, according to statements on Cuban television by Dr. Luis Herrera Martinez, scientific and commercial advisor to the President of BioCubaFarma, its selection

Is the coronavirus a U.S. bacteriological weapon ?

Walter Lippmann Feb 8 #177

Coronavirus, Another Act of Biological Terrorism?
“Isn’t it highly suspicious that the coronavirus has appeared in China and that Washington has introduced it to weaken what many already consider the world’s leading economic power over the hitherto evil empire led by Trump?”
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Author: Orfilio Peláez | orfilio@…
February 7, 2020 23:02:34

Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann for CubaNews.

Coronavirus…Biological Terrorism?

China faces the coronavirus responsibly and with its people., In the image the first hospital to care for the sick, built in just ten days, and the second hospital is already delivered for the same purpose.

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An article published in his personal blog by Spanish journalist Patricio Montesinos deals with the theory that the coronavirus could be a germ created in U.S. laboratories, as a bacteriological weapon of the commercial war unleashed by Washington against China.

According to the text reproduced in Rebelión, several recent statements by senior White House officials and an increasingly intense international media campaign against China, feed the hypothesis that the administration of President Donald Trump could be responsible for the epidemic that appeared in late December 2019, in the city of Wuhan.

Montesinos alludes to the January 31 statement by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who said, “The coronavirus outbreak that has infected thousands of people could boost the U.S. economy. But the senior official went further, saying that it “will help speed the return of jobs to America.

Ross’s statements followed those of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who in the midst of the world’s emergency for the disease identified China as a threat to international democratic principles. Continue reading

The genocidal, cruel, murderous blockade

Fifty-eight years later, Cuba continues to resist U.S. blockade
The U.S. blockade on Cuba was imposed February 7, 1962, by President John F. Kennedy, and has recently reached increasingly extreme dimensions

Author: Enrique Moreno Gimeranez | informacion@granmai.cu
february 4, 2020 09:02:02

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The blockade is real and has lasted more than five decades. Generations of Cubans have suffered its consequences. Its impact is felt in all sectors of society and constitutes a flagrant violation of the human rights of our people, an act of genocide and of economic warfare, the main obstacle to our development, violating international law, the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and the principles of free trade.

The economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed on Cuba by the United States began February 7, 1962, reaching increasingly extreme dimensions recently. At current prices, the accumulated damages over almost six decades of this policy, through March of 2019, reached the figure of 138,842,400,000 dollars and, taking into account the depreciation of the dollar as compared to the price of gold on the international market, the blockade has caused quantifiable damages of more than 922,630,000,000 dollars – although its cost within households, neighborhoods and communities is incalculable, given the harm caused to human lives every day.

Yesterday, February 3, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, tweeted: “We condemn the genocidal, cruel, murderous blockade. The blockade violates our human rights,” on the occasion of the 58th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s signing of Presidential Proclamation 3447 (27 fr 1085), imposing the blockade on trade between the United States and Cuba.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla likewise posted a message stating: “58 years after its imposition, the U.S. blockade against Cuba constitutes the most unjust, severe and prolonged system of unilateral coercive measures ever applied against any country. It is genocidal, violates the human rights of an entire people, and must end.

The blockade persists and harms families, but it has failed to achieve its central objective of defeating the Cuban Revolution. The unity, perseverance and dignity of our people, our unbreakable spirit has resisted all coercion and pressure.

Twelve U.S. administrations, since 1959, have only managed to isolate themselves, as evidenced by universal rejection of the blockade, evident in many sectors of U.S. society that favor respectful, mutually beneficial ties, and in the international community’s rejection of the hostile policy, including 28 consecutive resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, since 1992, condemning the blockade.

Dividing the Caribbean, a new U.S. strategy

Dividing the Caribbean, a new U.S. strategy
In the face of new imperialist attempts to separate us, the answer must be more unity and integration in the Caribbean and all of Our America

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Dividing the Caribbean, a new U.S. strategy
“Divide and conquer” was a phrase used by both the Roman emperor Julius Caesar and France’s Napoleon Bonaparte. Despite differences with the military tactics used by these historical figures, this approach seems to be the United States’ political strategy toward Latin America and the Caribbean, in another desperate attempt to divide peoples south of the Rio Bravo and regain ground in an area that Washington continues to consider as its “backyard.”

This modus operandi has been employed in various ways in the region. Offering some carrots and others the stick, applying coercion, promoting conflict or disrupting independent mechanisms of integration, this is how the U.S. administration has worked throughout history. Aware of the risks that unity in Our America entails for its imperial interests, the government has made crafty political moves to undermine integrationist organizations, as part of its plans for a conservative restoration.

On the one hand, the White House promotes the Lima Group and the discredited Organization of American States (OAS) as forums to legitimize the war against Venezuela and other countries that do not submit to its designs. On the other hand, the U.S. maneuvered to incite the exit of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru from the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) in 2018, and in 2019 Ecuador; Ecuador and Bolivia’s departure from the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People’s Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP); and the recent withdrawal of Brazil from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

Now, U.S. plans seem to be directed toward tearing apart the Caribbean Community (Caricom). Last year, U.S. President Donald Trump met with leaders of a selected group of nations in Florida. Among the topics on the meeting’s agenda were regional cooperation and the situation in Venezuela. After the meeting, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a press release that the government sponsored Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) will prioritize the five countries whose leaders met with Trump.

January 21, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Jamaica, where he held meetings with Jamaican leaders, including Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and emphasized the importance of Caribbean relations with the U.S.

Barbados Prime Minister and Caricom President Mia Mottley criticized the meeting, stating, “As president of Caricom, it is impossible for me to agree that my foreign minister should attend a meeting with someone and that Caricom members should not be invited. It is an attempt to divide the region,” she insisted.

So what is behind this political move by Washington in the Caribbean? First, hopes of gaining Caribbean support within the Organization of American States (OAS) to win approval of escalated attacks on Venezuela, in addition to pressuring these Caricom members to serve U.S. interests and isolate them from their neighbors.

“In 2019 we continue to consolidate relations of friendship and cooperation with the sister nations of the Caribbean, to which we are bound by historical ties and common challenges. The celebration of the 7th Caricom-Cuba Summit next December in Havana will be of vital importance for the country,” stated Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla in a January 20 tweet.

In the face of new imperial efforts to separate us, more unity and integration in the Caribbean, and all of Our America, must be the answer, to keep “the giant with seven league boots” at bay.

Defacing Monuments of Martí

There is no media campaign that can confuse a people educated in Marti’s ideals
An extended report was broadcast on Cubavision television last night, outlining what is known about the defacing of busts of José Martí, January 1 in Havana, which generated a wave of indignation

Author: Juan Diego Nusa Peñalver | internet@granma.cu
Author: Yenia Silva Correa | informacion@granma.cu
january 22, 2020 12:01:56

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Although the investigation continues, those involved in the defacing of monuments honoring Cuba’s national hero will be prosecuted as established by law. Photo: NTV
An extended report was broadcast on Cubavision television’s nightly news (NTV) yesterday, outlining what is known about the defacing of busts of our National Hero José Martí, January 1 in Havana, and those responsible.

The events have generated a wave of indignation since, as revolutionaries know, anyone who touches José Martí touches the soul of the Cuban people.

The material screened clearly showed the vandals’ true intentions and who else was involved, those who paid for these actions, their faces and names.

The national television audience saw images from video cameras on Boyeros Avenue in Havana, showing two citizens exhibiting suspicious behavior in the early morning hours of January 1, 2020.

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Cuban Governors and Lieutenant Governors, Elections

Governors and Lieutenant Governors for the administration the country deserves
The January 18 election of provincial governors and deputy governors is clearly a step forward for the country’s institutional framework

Yudy Castro Moralesjanuary 20, 2020 09:01:05

Provincial governors and lieutenant governors8 were elected January 18.

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The election of these authorities, this past Saturday, as stipulated in the new Constitution of the Republic, places the country on the path of more efficient government, a complex path, yes, complex but doable.

This is not a totally new beginning; work has begun, but governors and lieutenant governors will have their hands full after assuming their positions as the highest executive-administrative authorities at the provincial level.

The performance of these officials elected in a direct, secret ballot vote by delegates to Municipal Assemblies of People’s Power will determine just how quickly difficulties in a given province are resolved; how much progress can be made on challenging goals that, rather than intimidate, can motivate; and how structural changes are translated into effective work.

Absolutely nothing in their efforts can be formal; this is not simply a question of new offices with new authorities, but the determination to transform, to perfect, to impact Cubans’ daily life with improved quality of life and well-being. Continue reading

No blockade or pressure will deter Cubans

No blockade or pressure will deter Cubans
President reviews progress being made in energy and transportation sectors, as well as investment projects in industry and commerce

Author: Granma | internet@granma.cu
january 15, 2020 10:01:57

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Photo: Estudio Revolución
At a time when imperialism is attempting by all means to prevent the arrival of fuel and other oil derivatives to Cuba, including liquefied gas, the President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, on Monday reviewed the Energy Program, particularly oil development and prospects for the year.

He emphasized the importance of renewable energy resources, especially photovoltaic, noting that the installation of panels on suitable roofs should be a first step, according to the Presidency’s website.

Diaz-Canel also participated in a review of the Railroad Recovery and Development Program, at the Palace of the Revolution, led by Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz. Reports indicated that 2019 plans for freight transportation plans were 91% completed, with 852 million tons more than in 2018 transported. Continue reading

Serious escalation in the Middle East

Serious escalation in the Middle East condemned
Several countries, including Cuba, have condemned the U.S. bombing of areas near Baghdad airport and the use of missiles for targeted assassinations, calling for efforts to ease tensions in the region

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Author: Elson Concepción Pérez | internet@granma.cu
january 6, 2020 09:01:27

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla strongly condemned the U.S. bombing Friday in areas near Baghdad airport and the use of missiles for targeted assassinations.

For their part, the heads of Russia and China’s diplomacy, Sergey Lavrov and Wang Yi, respectively, rejected the U.S. attacks in Iraq, and declared their support for efforts to reduce tensions in the region. In a statement published by Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, Venezuela expressed its firm condemnation, stating, “This is an action that clearly raises tensions in the region, without any basis in international law.”

Tensions in the Middle East continue to increase, as U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Sunday that his country “has just spent two billion dollars on beautiful weapons that it would use against Iran without hesitation,” and the Iraqi Parliament approved a resolution mandating the withdrawal of foreign troops, including those of the United States, after the assassination of the Iranian general, Qasem Soleimani. The binding resolution reiterates the country’s rejection of foreign forces within national territory, waters or airspace, for any reason. Trump, defiant as usual, tweeted, “We are the biggest and the best in the world”.

“Let this serve as a warning that, if Iran attacks any U.S. citizen or asset, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites, some of them very high-profile and very important to Iran and Iranian culture,” Trump asserted on Twitter.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon began moving some 3,500 soldiers to the Middle East. Troops will be transported from Fort Bragg military base in North Carolina to Kuwait, to form a rapid deployment brigade known as an Immediate Response Force.

Iran responded, “Some 35 U.S. targets in the region are within our reach.” According to reports from the website Al Mayadeen, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, secretary general of Hezbollah, warned this yesterday, “When a response to the crime committed by the United States is discussed, no reference is made to the people of that country, its professionals, journalists, businesspeople, or civilians; these are not involved,” continuing, “In the three years since Trump assumed the Presidency of the United States, there have been failures, a deficit, and confusion, and there is nothing to offer the U.S. people at the level of foreign policy as the elections approach.”

He concluded noting that the U.S. government is intent on overthrowing the political system in Iran, an explicit objective revealed by former National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Nasrallah recalled that during his campaign, Trump said more than once that Iraq’s oil was his, that there was no Iraqi state, and the U.S. should control the oil fields, send in military forces, extract the oil and sell it.

Current events give reason to believe that the U.S. President is now taking action to overthrow the Iranian political system and control oil resources in Iraq and Syria.

Cuba condena asesinato en Irak

DECLARACION DE LA VICEMINISTRA DE RELACIONES EXTERIORES DE CUBA ANAYANSI RODRÍGUEZ CAMEJO SOBRE AGRESIÓN DE ESTADOS UNIDOS EN IRAK

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El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Cuba condena enérgicamente el bombardeo de Estados Unidos contra el aeropuerto de Bagdad en Irak y el uso de misiles para el asesinato selectivo, lo cual constituye una clara violación del Derecho Internacional y de la soberanía de ese país.
El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Cuba alerta que estas acciones agresivas, unilaterales e injustificadas de Estados Unidos representan una grave escalada en la región del Medio Oriente, donde puede estallar un conflicto de grandes proporciones con incalculables pérdidas de vidas humanas y consecuencias para la paz y la estabilidad mundial.
La Habana, 3 de enero de 2020.

Cuban people as winners of the impossible

President Díaz-Canel congratulates the Cuban people as winners of the impossible
The President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, tweeted his New Year’s congratulations to the Cuban people, who he described as winners of the impossible

Author: Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez | internet@granma.cu
january 2, 2020 11:01:48

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The President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, tweeted his best wishes for 2020 to the Cuban people, who he described as winners of the impossible, adding, “This is a good moment to propose another year of positive exceptionality #VamosPorMás #SomosCuba #SomosContinuidad.” (#GoingForMore #WeAreCuba #WeAreContinuity)

On New Year’s Eve, he tweeted, “On the eve of another anniversary of the undefeated and victorious Revolution, I wish our people congratulations!

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We are have navigated a year full of challenges, tension and aggression. We faced all this together and together we are winning.”

Defending the Cuban Revolution