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Electricity generation in Cuba came to a halt on Tuesday evening, after the passage of the powerful hurricane Ian over the western end of the island. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez.

Electric System continues to collapse in Cuba. A single Felton unit generates electricity

According to statements made by an Electric Union specialist, unit one of Felton contributed 59 MW to the National Electric System; meanwhile, units of CTE 10 de Octubre (Nuevitas), Ernesto Guevara (Santa Cruz), Antonio Guiteras (Matanzas) and Carlos Manuel de Céspedes (Cienfuegos) were carrying out tests for their start-up. After the passage of the powerful hurricane Ian over the western end of Cuba, the power grid collapsed.

Processing of the Cuban Soberana Plus COVID-19 vaccine at the National Center for Biopreparations of Cuba. Photo: Otmaro Rodríguez/Archive.

UNDP to implement financing of more than 40 million euros for Cuban biopharmaceutical industry

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Cuba will implement financing of more than 40 million euros to strengthen the island’s biopharmaceutical industry, according to official sources. The purpose of the loan, signed by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and with a total value of 46.7 million euros, is to “improve the national response capacity against diseases such as COVID-19,” according to a dispatch from the Prensa Latina (PL) news agency. The report, which cites a UNDP statement, points out that the implementation of the budget contemplates “the reinforcement of the infrastructure for the production of injectable antibiotics, parenteral solutions (serums), generic and biosimilar drugs, diagnostic kits and medical equipment.” https://twitter.com/PNUDCuba/status/1573343541526503429?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1573343541526503429%7Ctwgr%5E854701bb8677577010d92b0997458d5cf1d0b57a%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Foncubanews.com%2Fcuba%2Fpnud-implementara-financiamiento-de-mas-de-40-millones-de-euros-para-la-industria-biofarmaceutica-cubana%2F The note affirms that the financing will have an impact on “the treatment of people infected with COVID-19 and other communicable diseases, as well as the acquisition of health supplies and medical protection material to prevent contagion.” “Through the strengthening of the pharmaceutical industry and the production of 200 million doses of vaccines, higher levels of economic productivity are expected to be achieved through the development of innovative medicines and the modernization of technology, which will contribute to diversification for the benefit of the national health...

The three days of activities in Havana concluded with a gala dinner in which two humidors were auctioned off. Photo: www.habanos.com

Habanos auction raises 2.9 million euros in Cuba

One of the two auctioned humidors obtained the highest bid achieved in a brand event to date. The organizers explained that, as on other occasions, the proceeds from the auction will be used entirely to support the Cuban health system. Founded in 1994, the Spanish-Cuban firm is present on five continents and established in more than 150 countries, according to the company.

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