Never underestimate the cynicism of the American corporate media. As the historian Helen Yaffe, who lives in Scotland recently observed on CounterpunchThe socialist state of Cuba currently has five COVID-19 vaccines in clinical trials “and is expected to be among the first nations to vaccinate its entire population”. Continue: “Cuba has gone on the offensive against Covid-19, mobilizing the prevention-led, community-based public health system to conduct daily home visits to actively identify and treat cases, and to channel the medical science sector to adapt and add new treatments produce patients and Covid-19-specific vaccines. These advances bring hope not only to Cuba but also to the world. “
Cuba has one of the lowest COVID-19 infection rates and one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the western world. The relatively small island nation is the only Latin American country that has developed its own vaccine. We can expect Cuba to export its vaccine as it has long exported its surplus medical workforce to other countries inside and outside Latin America. The 11 million island nation should be able to produce 100 million cans by the end of the year.
Noteworthy is the Cuban achievement, achieved despite the draconian blockade by the United States. As Jaffe notes, it’s all about socialism, creating a society outside and against the rule of imperialist capitalism. “Cuba,” writes Yaffe, “has become a world leader in biotechnology because it has a socialist state with a centrally planned economy that has invested in science and technology and that puts people’s wellbeing before … capitalism and greed … represents. ” It is the lack of the capitalist profit motive that underlies the outstanding national and international reaction of socialist Cuba to Covid-19 … “
Indeed. Socialist Cuba, founded in part by a Marxist doctor (Che Guevera) who said love for others is at the heart of a revolutionary, puts humanity first without worrying about private accumulation and return. Imagine.
But journalists Anthony Faiola and Ana Vanessa Herrero, Reporters in the long run Washington Post affiliated with the CIA, to know better. All you can see in the humanistic COVID-19 accomplishments of socialist Cuba is an attempted “PR coup for an isolated country that returned to the US list of state sponsors of terrorism in the last few days of the Trump administration was set “.
The Hispanic Yankee journalists are not commenting on the many lives Cuba’s vaccines will protect and save, but rather how Cuban vaccines “could make Cuba a pharmacist for nations moving from Washington to the” Axis of Evil “and the” Troika ” Tyranny “were thrown” – Iran and Venezuela.
Faiola and Herrero have nothing to say about Washington’s vicious Orwellian absurdity of calling Cuba a terrorist state and turning Cuba, Venezuela and Iran into a “troika of tyranny” – or about Washington’s longstanding enforcement of Cuba’s “isolated” status (punishment for the unforgivable) sin of breaking away from US imperialist rule).
Imperial scribes Faiola and Herrero, however, like to quote right-wing Cuba critic Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the US-dominated Council of America, on how Cuba’s vaccines will “soften the image of a country accused of doing some pretty bad things. This undermines the message that Cuba is a largely authoritarian country that cannot produce anything good, ”write Failoa and Herrero.
And who is expressing this slanderous image and the slanderous message of Cuba, a beacon of humanitarian and egalitarian politics and values? US propagandists like Eric Farnsworth, of course, with the help of good friends at the Washington Post and other major US media outlets.
The Post reporters also accuse Cuba of profiting from “vaccine tourists” and vaccine exports, as if something is wrong with the socialist nation trying to pay for its outstanding experiment in non-capitalist life on Uncle Sam’s brutal embargo and sanctions .
It doesn’t matter that, as reporters note, Cuba “will provide its vaccines for free or at a cost to poorer nations.”
Oh, “but,” write Faiola and Herrero, “it could charge others a premium and make money, much like the profits it makes from its medical brigades or emergency teams of doctors and nurses, experience fighting global outbreaks have and will be sent. ” in large numbers over the past year to help the hardest hit countries fight the coronavirus. “
Profit for whom? For Cuban Big Pharma executives who live in large, super opulent mansions and armed security guards protect absurdly wealthy residents from the desperately poor masses who live in sprawling slums such as those in Latin American cities like Bogota, Quito, Lima, Sao Paolo, and Rio de Janiero? No, for the Cuban socialist state and its extraordinary medical-industrial complex and educational system, serving a nation that is remarkable combined a high standard of living with a low carbon footprint.
“A successful vaccine.” Faioa and Herrero comment, “It could become an important new source of income for Cuba, which is suffering from a brutal economic crisis that has left citizens waiting hours to buy scarce groceries, soap and toothpaste. The economy deteriorated under the Trump-era sanctions that tightened the longstanding U.S. economic embargo on Cuba by curbing remittances, curtailing U.S. flights, ending passenger traffic on cruise ships, and making Cuba’s access to the global financial system more difficult. “
Well, gee, then we wish Cuba all the best for its vaccine development, no? Let’s end the embargo and lift sanctions to help this remarkable island nation in its noble endeavors to fight death and disease, okay?
Of course, there is no positive endorsement of Cuba’s performance in Failoa and Herrero’s report. Their story ends with a quote from a Cuban government opponent who says: “Cuba believes that this vaccine will give them political recognition. If anything, this will serve as a [more] Propaganda.”
Imperial cynics and propagandists can only see the world through the lens of cynicism and propaganda they project others onto.