Friday, January 22, 2010

U.S. offer to supply Cuban doctors (Updated x2)

State Department spokesman Mark Toner, in this interview with CBS radio: “We, the United States, have communicated our readiness to make medical relief supplies available to Cuban doctors who are working on the ground in Haiti as part of the international relief effort there.”

[Update: “We have offered medical supplies, but the Cubans have not formally agreed to such assistance, nor have any materials been provided as yet,” a State Department spokesman tells the Herald.

“Cuban doctors save lives in Haiti” is the headline of an El Nuevo Herald article that covers the work at Haiti’s La Renaissance hospital. English version here.

And a reader poll on El Nuevo’s front page asks, “Do you believe the United States should give supplies to Cuban doctors?” As of 11:00 a.m. Saturday, 92 percent of the responses are “yes.”]

[Update: A Voice of America editorial on Cuba’s work in Haiti and its U.S.-Cuba cooperation.]

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