With Castro-era biotech, Cuba seeks to compete in coronavirus treatment race
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 Communist-run Cuba, laboring under a six-decade U.S. embargo, is betting a biotech sector begun by late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro can give the Caribbean island an edge in a global race to find effective treatments for the new coronavirus.
A box of good quality Habanos Cuban cigars can cost thousands of dollars. Every hand-rolled Cuban cigar goes through about 500 manual tasks from seed to cigar. For more than 200 years, the culture of cigar making in Cuba hasn't changed. The process takes about a year. The tobacco leaves are grown, harvested, and hung in drying houses called secaderos before a slow fermentation occurs.
Elian Gonzalez was once a young Cuban boy whose custody case sparked diplomatic tensions and attracted intense media coverage. Now, CNN reports Gonzalez marked Father's Day by announcing on Facebook he will soon be a father himself. Gonzalez went to live with relatives in Miami who refused to return him to his father in Cuba. The case stoked Cold War-era tensions between the US and Cuba as Gonzalez's father and the Miami relatives battled in US court for custody.
Ever since the coronavirus reached Cuba, a tall cardboard box with arms and legs can be seen tottering around a Havana suburb. Underneath it is Feridia Rojas, 82, who decided to build and wear mobile housing to shield herself from the virus that is particularly deadly to seniors, in a country where personal protective equipment is not sold at stores.
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