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Our latest online event focuses on Cuba’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how the island has resisted US aggression.

Join our latest Alborada Online event on Cuba’s remarkable international response to the Covid-19 pandemic and how the island continues to resist US aggression, which grew to intense levels under Donald Trump.

4pm – 5.30pm (London)

11am – 12.30pm (Havana / New York)

8am – 9.30am (Los Angeles)


*The event will be streamed live on Facebook*

As the pandemic has plunged the world into crisis, Cuba’s response offers a lesson to other countries. By reacting quickly and decisively, mobilising their extensive public healthcare system and state-owned biotech sector, Cuba has kept contagion and fatalities down and initiated clinical trials for a Covid-19 vaccine. They have also treated patients and saved lives overseas.

Cuba has achieved this while still subject to illegal economic sanctions imposed by the US and amid intense hostility from the Trump administration.

How has Cuba managed this and what lies behind the Revolution’s enduring strength? What lessons should we draw from Cuba today? Now that Trump finally appears to be on the way out, will the Biden administration attempt to restart Obama’s policy of diplomacy?


Helen Yaffe, economic historian at the University of Glasgow, UK and author of ‘We are Cuba’

Valia Rodriguez, Cuban physician at the University of Aston, UK

Chaired by Ammar Kazmi

The waiting room will be open from 3.30-4pm, with a specially-curated playlist of Cuban tunes.

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*Registration is free but places are limited*

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