Cuba started to develop a comprehensive response protocol to the pandemic in January 2020. In combination with its universal public health system, this allowed Cuba to maintain infection and death rates about 50 times lower (per 100,000) than in the US. Cuba also sent medical teams around the world and is the only country in Latin America with a Covid vaccine registered at WHO for clinical trials.
The academic panel will discuss the factors that made this possible, problems encountered, and lessons learned. We will be joined by two prestigious scientists leading the vaccine development and advising the government in its response to the pandemic. Prof. Arachu Castro, an expert in Cuban and Latin American health policies, will discuss these findings and their significance in a broader perspective from the US.
This session will be live-streamed from Havana in collaboration with Casa de las Américas. The event will be held in Spanish. Registration is required.