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Weekly Report - 24 June 2021 (WR-21-25)

Cuba heralds double victory against two pandemics

Cuba celebrated two victories this week. One of them is likely to prove rather more meaningful than the other. On 20 June the government led by President Miguel Diaz-Canel revealed that the vaccine developed by Cuba against the coronavirus (Covid-19), Abdala, had an impressively high effectiveness in clinical trials. If accurate, this would be a big boost for Cuba, especially as it is experiencing a marked uptick in case numbers, and for Latin America as a whole. The other victory, which was celebrated even more fervently, was the annual vote by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on 23 June in favour of a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial, and financial embargo imposed by the US on Cuba.

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