MINSK, 28 July (BelTA) – Belarus and Cuba are interested in the exchange of pharmaceutical products, member of the National Assembly of People's Power of Cuba Yury Valdés Balbín told reporters, BelTA has learned
On 28 July the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Belarusian parliament, hosted a delegation of the Center for the State Control of Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices (CECMED) of the Republic of Cuba and the Finlay Institute of Vaccines. The delegation is led by Vicente Vérez Bencomo, developer of Cuba's COVID-19 vaccine, Director of the Finlay Institute of Vaccines, member of the National Assembly of People's Power, Hero of Cuba. The parties discussed cooperation prospects in healthcare, in particular, the possibility to use Cuban COVID-19 vaccines SOBERANA and SOBERANA PLUS in Belarus.
“SOBERANA is a sovereign vaccine. We, like you, are consistently strengthening our sovereignty. The president called on us, scientists, to develop our own vaccine, so that we could protect our sovereignty by creating these vaccines. And our people named our first vaccine SOBERANA. There are SOBERANA and SOBERANA PLUS. The second one is meant for children. We are willing to share the Cuban vaccine with Belarusian children in this fraternal and friendly atmosphere. Registration was done for SOBERANA PLUS, we would like the other one to get registered, too. We are working on it,” said Yury Valdés Balbín.
The MP recalled that Belarus and Cuba marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. “We are friends and we want to have a solid relationship with your government and people. We have very close partnerships with the Belarusian healthcare sector. We have a lot in common. We are interested in cooperation, in the exchange of pharmaceutical products,” the MP said.
There are plans to discuss the licensing of Belarusian medicines in Cuba and a possibility to sell them in the markets of Latin America. The parties also discussed political contacts and joint efforts to stand up against pressure and interference of the USA and its satellites in the internal affairs of Belarus and Cuba.
The Cuban delegation has been on a visit to the Republic of Belarus since 24 July. They have already visited a number of pharmaceutical companies and healthcare facilities to discuss cooperation prospects in the production and use of medical products, including those to combat COVID-19.