U.S. company buys swiss ventilator supplier and cancels shipments to Cuba

HAVANA, April 14th (Granma) While Cuban medical collaboration is extended around the world to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the insane blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba, has just denied the public health system access to two regular suppliers of ventilators, the key to the care of the most serious cases of the disease.

In another twist of this genocidal, inhumane policy, the manufacturers IMTMedical AG and Acutronic, announced the end of commercial relations with Cuba, after the companies were acquired by the U.S. firm Vyaire Medical Inc.

“Unfortunately, the corporate guideline we have today is to suspend all commercial relations with Medicuba,” both stated, according to the director for Latin America and the Caribbean at Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minrex), Eugenio Martínez Enríquez, on his Twitter account.

The Cuban diplomat also denounced that fact that the blockade prevents Cuba from purchasing medicines from U.S. firms, as recently confirmed by Lázaro Silva, vice president of Medicuba, the entity that imports drugs, equipment and medical supplies for the country’s public health system.

This new blow, promoted by the Trump administration, comes just hours after the director of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, called for putting sanctions “in quarantine,” since “thousands of lives are at stake,” alluding to the danger posed by the new coronavirus.

Unfortunately, this it is just another sign of the U.S. government’s contempt for life and hatred of the Cuban people.

Just days ago, the Cuban government denounced the loss of a donation of medical supplies to combat COVID-19, from the Chinese foundation Alibaba, which was not delivered because the U.S. company contracted for the task backed out, at the last minute, citing blockade regulations.

Over the last year, Cuba has suffered damages of 160 million dollars as a result of U.S. sanctions in the field of health, alone, obliged to make purchases from distant countries and thus incurring higher shipping costs.