US trade mission to Cuba reaches unprecedented accords

 havana-live-us-trade-missionHavana, Cuba, Apr 22. (ACN) The recent visit to Cuba by  a trade mission from the US State of New York, headed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, yielded two bilateral accords in the area of health and opened doors for further collaboration.

The accords include the commercialization in the United States of a Cuban lung cancer vaccine and the introduction of US software programs in the Cuban medical industry.

Shortly before returning to the US on Tuesday, the director of the US Roswell Park Cancer Institute of New York Candance Johnson said that they had signed a memo of understanding with Havana´s Molecular Immunology Center.

Johnson said she was happy to take the Cuban vaccine to her country and start treating patients, for which they will immediately start with clinical tests.

The other accord was signed between the US Infor High-Tech company and a Cuban enterprise to introduce specialized software programs in the Cuban health sector.

Chales Phillips, an official with the US company, announced that he found a Cuban partner interested in the commercialization of the products and that they will start efforts to train students in the use of the new technology.

We are surprised at the high level and expertise that exist in Cuba in the area of health technology, said Phillips.

The New York governor organized the trade mission to Cuba  as part of his initiative known Global New York aimed at expanding trade and investment by the business community in that US state.