The Cuban dictator Miguel Díaz-Canel did not care that the Argentine federal justice had demanded from the Sandinista regime of Nicaragua the capture of the Iranian terrorist Moshén Rezai, accused of blowing up the AMIA and causing 85 deaths. When the international arrest warrant had already arrived in Managua, Díaz-Canel met with Rezai to strengthen the bilateral relationship between Havana and Tehran.
The photo of the Cuban president and the Iranian vice president reached the Foreign Ministry and there was a closed muted condemnation regarding Díaz-Canel, But the San Martín Palace chose to leave a trade agreement between Argentina and the communist regime standing that opens the possibility of buying vaccines against COVID-19 manufactured on the Caribbean island.
Minister Santiago Cafiero could have suspended the agreement signed with his colleague Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, which establishes the possibility of buying the Sovereign 01, Sovereign 02 and Abdala vaccines, although they have not yet been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and ANMAT (National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology).
However, Cafiero maintained the validity of an agreement on the eventual purchase of Cuban vaccines that do not yet have scientific endorsement and that for now are not accepted to enter the United States and Europe.
It is, then, a benevolent diplomatic gesture that Díaz Canel paid for with a photo chatting with the terrorist Rezai.
Annex II of the trade agreement details the medicines that Cuba could sell to Argentina. There is a long list of vaccines that BioCubaFarma manufactures, including four injectables against the coronavirus: Sovereign 01, Sovereign 02, Abdala and Sovereign Plus.
But BioCubaFarma has not yet obtained WHO approval for emergency use. Only a handful of countries that adhere to the communist government consented to its emergency use: Nicaragua, Iran, Vietnam and Venezuela.
A few days before the end of 2021, the Abdala vaccine also obtained authorization from Mexico, through the Cofrepis (Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks). And Saint Vincent and the Grenadines also joined the decision.
On December 23 last, The WHO maintained that it is “waiting for information on the strategy and the schedule for sending” documentation from Cuba to start the authorization process. If Argentina finally buys the vaccines from Cuba, it will not be able to authorize them either because their technical composition has not yet been endorsed by ANMAT.
Article 6 of the Argentine-Cuban agreement establishes an addendum (an addition) “to the Ordered Text of the Commercial Exchange Trust Agreement of February 14, 2013″. This trust will be organized by the Bank for Investment and Foreign Trade (BICE), and “managed by the Bank of the Argentine Nation in its capacity as trustee.”
The first approaches for Cuban vaccines
In April 2021, at the initiative of then Argentine Foreign Minister Felipe Solá, there was a videoconference talk between President Alberto Fernández and his Cuban counterpart, Díaz Canel, where they discussed the possibility of acquiring the vaccines that Cuba was developing. Since he took office in December 2019, the Argentine head of state has shown himself to be a country in solidarity with the Cuban regime with repeated criticism of the blockade that the United States has maintained on the island for six decades.
A month later, Minister Vizzotti traveled to Havana together with presidential adviser Cecilia Nicolini in order to learn about the process of preparing Cuban vaccines. Both had previously participated in the signing of contracts with the Russian Direct Investment Fund for the arrival of the first Sputnik V from the nation governed by Vladimir Putin.
“We are talking about the common project and working not only to value a fully developed vaccine, produced and applied in Latin America, but also to do it in other axes of what is health and science and technology,” said the head of the health portfolio in Argentina.
Vizzotti explained on that occasion that our country “It is working hard to strengthen ties, access the vaccine, but above all collaborate in everything it can, both from the provision of supplies, the possibility of purchase and support to scale production and move forward with our regulatory entity and that of Cuba to study the interim analyzes of Phase 3″.
While the Casa Rosada continues to support the regime in Havana, Díaz-Canel supports the terrorist Rezai, who is still escaping federal justice in Argentina, almost thirty years after the fundamentalist attack on the AMIA.