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Cuba’s Top Three Innovations in Medical Research

Center of Molecular Immunology, CIM
Research and development of pharmaceuticals. Center of Molecular Immunology (CIM) in Havana.

Medical discoveries coming out of Cuba can claim to be some of the greatest innovations in medical research today. This might be linked to the fact that many people view government support for research and development as an important driver to scientific discovery. Though Cuba is a developing nation, life expectancy is high and Cubans are rated as some of the healthiest people in the world. The health status and lifespan of its citizens might be linked to a preventative public health care approach that views medical care as a birthright.   The heavy investment the Cuban government has made in scientific research and development is outstanding considering the fact that the nation been blocked by the U.S. embargo from obtaining medicines and equipment the country needs.  This has led to a resourcefulness unknown in most countries.  Cuba’s top three innovations in medical research include cancer vaccines, treatment for diabetic foot ulcers and success in preventing HIV transmission from mother to child. The Cancer Vaccine One of the best-known innovations in medicine made by Cuba is the CIMAvax-EGF vaccine  This vaccine targets the growth factor in cancer cells, therefore, resulting in the prevention of the spread of the disease.  The CIMAvax-EGF was…


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