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David Urra

LinkedInDavid Urra is the chief marketing analyst at International Consulting & Representation Services/Cuba (IcarusCuba). He has produced market studies for a wide range of Latin American, European and U.S. clients exploring market entry possibilities in Cuba’s IT, tourism, ranching, pharmaceutical and manufacturing sectors.

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UMELISA, Cuba’s New Covid Rapid Test Kit

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After an intense period of research and testing by the Immunoassay Center (CIE) and the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine, UMELISA, Cuba’s new COVID antigen diagnostic test kit has rolled off the production lines. UMELISA is made with 100% Cuban-sourc... More »

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Cuba’s Abdala Vaccine Arrives in Venezuela

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Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, announced the nation has received the first shipment of Cuba’s Abdala vaccine.  In a televised broadcast of the event, Rodriguez said, “I have the honor to share the arrival of these doses of the Abdala vaccine, whic... More »

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Risk Perception and the Incidence of COVID in Cuba

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There is currently a high perception of alarm about the incidence of COVID in Cuba, not only among the Cuban population but also abroad. What are the causes? The issue is multi-factored and not due to a single reason. The first cause is related to the health c... More »

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ABDALA Vaccine Shows 92.28% Efficacy After Phase III Trial

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Scientist Marta Ayala has just informed Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel that the ABDALA vaccine show 92.28% efficacy in phase III clinical trials with three-doses carried out on the Island. The Cuban president commented: “I am thinking of Martí, who wrote: “... More »

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Update to the Travel Rules for Cuba

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There has been an update to the travel rules for Cuba. As of June 20, all tourists entering Cuba through Varadero or Cayo Coco will be required to present a confirmed hotel or isolation package before boarding their flight. Travelers can book isolation package... More »

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Cuba Renegotiates its Debt with the Paris Club

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Representatives of the Paris Club group of Cuba creditors and a Cuban government delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas met in Paris on June 9. The parties agreed to defer payments under the previous agreement of 2015. Ricardo Cabrisas and... More »

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Cuba Temporarily Suspends US Cash Deposits at its Banks

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In a special presentation on Cuban television, Marta Sabina Wilson González, President of the Central Bank of Cuba (BCC) Yamilé Berra Cires, Vice-President, and Carlos Fernández de Cossío, General Director of the United States at the Ministry of Foreign Affair... More »

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Cuba’s Vaccine Progress

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According to Cuban television reports on Cuba’s vaccine progress, executives from the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) and the Finlay Vaccine Institute (IVF) reported that in all the vaccination centers to date, over 1,346,000 volunteers... More »

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Cuba Defines Economic Priorities to 2026

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At the conclusion of the 8th Congress of the Cuban Communist Party (PPC) (April 16 – 19), Cuba’s government defined the economic priorities for the next five years. The Update of the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines for 2021-2026 document outlines the dir... More »

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Cuban PM Urges Changes in Foreign Investment and Trade

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A review of the status of foreign investment took place in Havana. The meeting was led by Minister Rodrigo Malmierca with the participation of other officials from the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment (MINCEX), Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cab... More »

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BioCubaFarma to Market Pharmaceuticals to Russia

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The BioCubaFarma business group is in the process of penetrating the Russian market with its innovative pharmaceutical products. The year 2021 will be a year of signing contracts, according to Dr. Idania Caballero, director of BioCubaFarma’s office in Russia. ... More »

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