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Another softball from Frenchy...
Posted by: bill on December 30, 1999 at 11:11:50:
In Reply to: Cuba. posted by Frenchy on December 29, 1999 at 10:56:51:
: Well, this is all wonderful, but again, with that much brain power, technical brain power no less, where in blue blazes are the fruits of that knowledge? ......
Indeed, that is the very question posed by Corporate giant SmithKlein Beecham. To Wit:
While the rest of the world stands to benefit
from Cuba’s medical discoveries, it remains an
open question if they can ever be used in the
The strict U.S. embargo on Cuba, strengthened in
1996 by the Helms-Burton law, not only bars trade in
food and medicine, but also restricts Cuban and American
scientists and researchers from meeting with each other to
exchange information. It bars any commerce that would
ultimately bring financial profit to the Cuban government.
Last year, the British-American pharmaceutical giant
SmithKlein Beecham tried to press U.S. authorities into
allowing a Cuban meningitis drug to be tested for use in
the States. Despite a plea to U.S. Secretary of State
Madeleine Albright by a bipartisan panel of 16 U.S.
lawmakers, no decision has yet been made...."