Cuba highlights UNICEF’s support in response to pandemic

The assistance by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is currently decisive in Cuba’s efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, the island’s representation to the United Nations stated

Cuba’s Alternate Permanent Representative to the United Nations Yuri Gala offered details of UNICEF’s assistance, especially during this period of health crisis. About this issue, Gala highlighted the donation of an oxygen plant, 1,300,000 syringes and materials to strengthen the cold chain requirements to support the vaccination campaign.

UNICEF also donated 14,304 PCR kits to detect Covid-19, water storage containers, dispensers and antibacterial gel, he said.

That UN agency assisted the health response in Cuba with pediatric oxygen concentrators, personal hygiene kits, facemasks and protective equipment for 12,200 health professionals, Gala stated.

These actions, he stressed, along with the implementation of the national pandemic response plan, have contributed to the strengthening of the capacities of the Cuban health institutions and to the effective implementation of the immunization campaign to fight Covid-19.

Cuba, the first country globally to launch a national Covid-19 vaccination campaign for children, with its own vaccines, recently completed the pediatric vaccination scheme without any deaths, the ambassador pointed out.

Finally, the ambassador reaffirmed Cuba’s commitment to continue to enhance cooperation ties with UNICEF and continue to work jointly for the health, education, protection and well-being of children.

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