Cheryl LaBash, co-director of the National Network of Solidarity with Cuba (NNOC) in the United States, noted that Cuba’s work in the fight and control of the current health emergency shows a path for people who make efforts to save lives in their communities.
Thanks, Cuba, the activist said in statements to Prensa Latina, and condemned the growing attacks by the US Government on the island’s medical brigades that are assisting other nations.
LaBash referred, in particular, to a draft bill introduced last month three Republican senators, which calls on the Department of State to publish the list of countries that have contracts with the Cuban Government for its program of medical missions.
According to the controversial draft bill, the Department of State should consider that being a recipient of Cuba’s assistance is a factor when classifying countries in its annual report on human trafficking.
It is outrageous, there is a pandemic, millions of people have been infected and hundreds of thousands have died, it is absolutely criminal to attack that medical solidarity, the US activist said about these and other actions against Cuba’s medical cooperation.
Fortunately, LaBash added, here in the United States and in the world, people are fighting against that, there is a wonderful campaign to grant the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to Cuba’s Henry Reeve Brigade (formally the International Contingent of Doctors Specialized in Disaster Situations and Serious Epidemics).
She also mentioned the SavingLives initiative, launched by solidarity networks in the United States and Canada in order to ask for Cuba’s collaboration and have access to its medical expertise in the fight against Covid-19.
The NNOC co-director said that two US cities, Richmond and Berkeley, in California, recently approved resolutions favoring Cuba’s medical and scientific collaboration against the health crisis that is affecting the world.