Global Health Partners and the U.S.-Canada Saving Lives Campaign are raising funds to supply millions of syringes to Cuba over the next several months to help health workers there vaccinate the entire Cuban population against COVID-19.
The Cubans are also organizing to send millions of doses of their vaccines to people in need worldwide.
Washington’s decadeslong economic embargo of the island has made access to syringes, as well as many other medical supplies and basic necessities, far more difficult. Cuba’s revolutionary government needs 33 million syringes to conduct this mass vaccination campaign. The international effort to provide these is picking up steam.
The Canadian Network on Cuba is sending a container of 1.9 million syringes and needles to Cuba. Over $109,000 has been sent from Spain through early May. A continentwide effort in Latin America to provide 1 million syringes is making progress, Elena Flores, president of the Honduras-Cuba Association, told Prensa Latina May 7.
In New York, The People’s Forum has raised $17,400 from 394 donors toward its goal of $20,000. You can help! Contact www.ghpartners.org.