The suffocating sanctions in place for almost six decades make it extremely difficult for the island nation to import essential supplies needed to battle the coronavirus, Cuban health officials say.
“The United States’ economic-financial blockade is the most unfair, severe, prolonged system of sanctions of all time by one country against another,” Nestor Marimon, the Cuban Health Ministry’s international relations director, told reporters.
Imposed at the height of the Cold War, the American blockade has become “even more cruel and genocidal than it normally is… when we don’t have an epidemic,” he said, adding that it has severely hindered Cuba’s procurement of medical supplies on foreign markets, as cited by AFP.
It’s very difficult to buy equipment, supplies, medicines. We’re forced to buy them in far away markets that double, triple the costs and on many occasions they arrive late.