White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday, 12, that the protests that took place on Sunday in Cuba they are a sign of a people “tired” of local government, due to issues such as economic restrictions on the media, repression and lack of health supplies.
According to her, there is no information about a change in the policy of USA to the island, but Washington can help the local population gain more access to covid-19 vaccines. The spokeswoman also denied any responsibility for the government of President Joe Biden in the protests, as mentioned yesterday by the Cuban government.
Psaki said that a challenge for sending vaccines against the virus to Cuba is the fact that it has not joined the Covax Initiative, of the World Health Organization (WHO). The Cuban regime claims that it will vaccinate the population with its own immunizations, but the pace of vaccination is still modest. “We are willing to work with the Cuban people to help them obtain vaccines,” said the spokeswoman, noting that the US embargo on the island contains exceptions, including the sending of humanitarian aid, including medical supplies.
The spokeswoman was also asked about the situation in Haiti after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on 7 July. According to her, a team sent to help with the case returned to the US this morning. According to her, a potential deployment of US troops to help Haiti, following a request made by the local government, is “under consideration”, with no decision made.
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