U.S. embargo thwarts aid shipment to Cuba

As infections rise in Cuba, the nation is finding its control efforts complicated by international politics. Cuban health officials battling COVID-19 were counting on a donation of face masks, diagnostic kits and ventilators from Chinese electronics giant Alibaba and the Jack Ma Foundation in late March, but the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba has kept it from arriving. The U.S. company hired by Alibaba to deliver the shipment backed out at the last minute, citing rules of the blockade despite the embargo's exceptions for food and medical aid. #COVID-19

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Associated Press 11 May 2020 11:44 CEST

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