U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 12/17/2021

December 17, 2021

Dear Friends,

This Thursday, 114 Members of Congress urged the Biden-Harris administration to take immediate action in responding to the current economic and humanitarian crisis in Cuba by removing numerous sanctions and pursuing a policy of engagement. Led by Representatives James P. McGovern (D-MA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), and Bobby Rush (D-IL), the letter calls for the Administration to take action and prioritize the well-being of the Cuban people. Read CDA, WOLA, and LAWG’s joint press release responding to the letter, here. For more information on the letter, read below.

A huge and heartfelt “thank you!” to all of you who donated during CDA’s #GivingTuesday campaign and for the various ways you’ve uplifted and supported our work throughout 2021. This giving season, we invite you to consider the value of CDA’s work and contribute to our mission. If you haven’t given yet and are able, there’s still time to make your tax-deductible contribution before the end of the year. We cannot do the important work we do without you. We thank you, and we wish you the happiest of holidays!

Yesterday, Cuba reported 73 COVID-19 cases. There are currently 329 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island. The total number of cases since March of 2020 is 963,958 and the total number of deaths since March of 2020 is 8,313. Approximately 91.5 percent of the Cuban population has received at least one dose of a vaccine and 84.1 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. Cuba is hoping to reach full vaccination by the end of the year. In response to the Omicron variant, Cuba has begun administering booster doses of the Abdala vaccine. For a graph of case numbers since March 2020, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 12/10/2021

December 10, 2021

Dear Friends,

Join CDA and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) on Friday, December 17 for “Revisiting Rapprochement 7 Years Later: Engagement on Pause,” a virtual panel discussion about the rapprochement of 17D and where relations between the U.S. and Cuba stand now. The virtual event will feature conversation with a diverse panel of academics, small business owners, and journalists as they discuss normalization efforts with a special focus on which measures have succeeded, which have failed, and where the U.S. and Cuba can find areas of common interest to move back towards a path of engagement. You can register for the event here.

We are incredibly grateful for your generous support this Giving Tuesday and for the various ways you’ve uplifted and supported our work throughout 2021. If you haven’t given yet and are able, there’s still time to make your tax-deductible contribution before the end of the year.

Yesterday, Cuba reported 65 COVID-19 cases. There are currently 384 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island. The total number of cases since March of 2020 is 963,493 and the total number of deaths since March of 2020 is 8,311. Approximately 91 percent of the Cuban population has received at least one dose of a vaccine and 83.4 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. Cuba is hoping to reach full vaccination by the end of the year. In response to the Omicron variant, Cuba has begun administering booster doses of the Abdala vaccine. For a graph of case numbers since March 2020, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

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U.S.-Cuba News Brief: 12/03/2021

December 3, 2021

Dear Friends,

We are incredibly grateful for your generous support this Giving Tuesday and for the various ways you’ve uplifted and supported our work throughout 2021. If you haven’t given yet and are able, there’s still time to make your tax-deductible contribution before the end of the year.

Yesterday, Cuba reported 114 COVID-19 cases. There are currently 647 total active cases of COVID-19 on the island. The total number of cases since March of 2020 is 962,892 and the total number of deaths since March of 2020 is 8,306. Approximately 89 percent of the Cuban population has received at least one dose of a vaccine and 83 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. Cuba is hoping to reach full vaccination by the end of the year. Due to high immunization rates and slowing infection rates, Cuba welcomed back international travelers on November 15. For a graph of case numbers since March 2020, see here. For a detailed breakdown of all COVID-19 data, visit this website.

This week, in Cuba news…

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