Cuban scientists to send letter to Biden condemning U.S. embargo

Source: Xinhua| 2021-08-11 10:08:27|Editor: huaxia
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HAVANA, Aug 10 (Xinhua) -- Cuban scientists will send a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden condemning the U.S. embargo against the country, said Cuban biopharmaceutical authorities in a press conference on Tuesday.

"What makes Cuba unique is the need to manage the epidemic under a crippling financial, trade and economic embargo enforced by the U.S. government for the last six decades," the letter says.

The move came weeks after Biden's statements discrediting Cuba's efforts in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

The letter says that if the U.S. government really want to help Cubans, it could roll back the 243 Trump-era measures.

"The (U.S.) Congress could also lift sanctions altogether, as demanded each year by overwhelming votes at the United Nations General Assembly by the nations of the world," Cuban scientists wrote.

First imposed in 1962, the U.S. embargo has been intensified during the pandemic, restricting the country's access to medical supplies and row materials to support local production of the coronavirus vaccines.

The letter is intended to raise awareness about the necessity to put an end to the U.S. embargo, Agustin Lage, senior advisor at the presidency of Cuban biotech-company Biocubafarma, told Xinhua.

The letter is expected to be signed by scientists, doctors and citizens from Cuba and the rest of the world. Enditem