Progressive International Bank is seeking contributions to send a delegation to Havana next week to promote Cuba’s effort to vaccinate the world against COVID-19.
This is after Dutch multinational bank ING blocked all donations supporting the trip.
Anti-war activists at CodePink say “some of the most powerful people in the world would rather prolong a global pandemic than allow the Cuban people some relief from U.S. imperialism.”
Unlike the mRNA vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna, Cuba opted to develop protein-based vaccines.
Experts say protein-based vaccines come with multiple advantages.
Cuba’s vaccines, Abdala and Soberana 02, can be stored at room temperature, making distribution easier, especially in developing countries and remote areas lacking electricity.
They also have a proven track record of safety across age groups.