Cuba Sends Doctors And Medicine To The Frontlines In Italy & 37 Countries Around The World
Italy pleads for help and Cuba answers the call
"We're all afraid, but there is work to do...We are not superheroes. We are doctors."
Cuba has sent out a small army of doctors to coronavirus frontlines around the world, including Italy, the pandemic's epicenter in Europe, which has 70,000 confirmed cases and a death toll of 7,000. And the numbers continue to climb.
"The arrival of a medical brigade from Cuba to Italy is pretty historic. You have a leading European nation accepting support in the form of a medical team from a small Caribbean island," said Nation correspondent Peter Kornbluh in an interview with DemocracyNow!.
After a desperate plea for international help from Lombardy, one of Italy's hardest-hit regions, it was Cuba that mobilized a team of doctors to answer the call.
"We’re all afraid, but there is revolutionary work to do. Fear can be controlled and put to the side," doctor Leonardo Fernandez told DemocracyNow!.
"We are not superheroes. We are doctors."
Cuba has also sent doctors to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Suriname and Grenada, and took in a British cruiseliner that was turned away by 5 other countries.
Cuba has a history of international cooperation, exporting doctors and helping confront medical crises throughout the world.
There are currently 60,000 Cuban doctors and medical staff serving communities across Latin America and around the world. Cuban doctors were on the frontlines of the Ebola crisis in Africa, where they utilized their patented anti-viral, Interferon Alpha 2B.
The potent anti-viral, which has been used against ebola and HIV, shows promise in fighting the novel coronavirus.
Before heading out to Italy, doctor Graciliano Díaz told DemocracyNow!, "We Cubans must depart and fulfill this honorable work, which [...] is based on the principles of solidarity."