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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Cuba’s Had A Lung Cancer Vaccine For Years, And Now It’s Coming To The U.S.

President Barack Obama became the first president to visit Cuba in almost 90 years when he and first lady Michelle Obama traveled to the island nation in March. But one of the most exciting things about the thawing of relations between Cuba and the U.S. is happening stateside right now: the possibility of clinical trials on a drug to prevent lung cancer, and possibly other cancers, too.

CimaVax, which is both a treatment and vaccine for lung cancer, has been researched in Cuba for 25 years and free to the Cuban public since 2011. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s trade mission to Cuba in April 2015 resulted in a signed agreement to bring CimaVax to the U.S., but as with all international drugs and treatments, U.S. researchers need to conduct clinical trials and replicate international scientists’ results before it becomes available to the American public.

“We’re still at the very early stages of assessing the promise of this vaccine, but the evidence so far from clinical trials in Cuba and Europe has been striking,” said Dr. Kelvin Lee, Jacobs Family Chair in Immunology and co-leader of the Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York, the research center that is evaluating CimaVax for U.S. use.

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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

His legacy is getting in bed with the enemy and communist countries. Wow , he's da man !!

Anonymous said...

Unreal do you know how many FF and others that could have helped.

Anonymous said...

And the big pharma will NOT allow this bc it saves peoples lives its all about the $.

Not Quite Understanding said...

Well if it was in clinical trials in Europe too then why are we just now hearing about it coming out of Cuba? One would think that JAMA would have had something about it by now.

Anonymous said...

He should be arrested for treason in allowing terrorists from gitmo released and that 50% of them go back to killing American soldiers.

Anonymous said...

so do we give Castro a pass?

Anonymous said...

Nope, I want trump to bring back that NJ Cop killer who is in hiding in cuba.

Anonymous said...

Yep she needs to be hung.

Anonymous said...

That's great and all but you know it will take years for approval from our government before anyone can administered it to the first patient.

Unknown said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
so do we give Castro a pass?

December 1, 2016 at 8:18 AM

Hail Mary? Castro is dead. Some are saddened, some are celebrating. Given a pass on what exactly? He did what he did. That too is over, just as his life is over. He can be praised or he can be condemned until the cows come home. Neither makes any difference.

We now wait to see if Cuba's next leader will continue in Fidel's path or lighten up on the citizens of Cuba and let them enjoy more freedom. I am sure there are people in south Miami and elsewhere who would like to return to their homeland under a banner of freedom. I hope that is the case and I wish them well.

Anonymous said...

Fidel's brother Raul, already replaced him.