HP – When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) headed to Havana on a historic trade mission in April, he returned with the promise of an important commodity: a Cuban-developed lung cancer vaccine.
The vaccine, called CimaVax, has been researched in Cuba for 25 years and became available for free to the Cuban public in 2011. The country’s Center for Molecular Immunology signed an agreement last month with Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York to import CimaVax and begin clinical trials in the United States.
“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,” Dr. Kelvin Lee, Jacobs Family Chair in Immunology and co-leader of the Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy Program at Roswell Park, told The Huffington Post.
When President Obama loosened the United State’s 55-year long trade embargo against the island nation in December, he allowed for such joint research deals to be finalized. Similar programs might have been impossible just a few years ago.
Well if this doesn’t make you lose faith in the American medical industry I don’t know what will. Cubans have to duct tape like 90 Duracell D batteries together just to start their 1954 Buicks, but they figured out a vaccine for lung cancer and give it away for free?
Meanwhile in the U.S. Where we can start our cars from the toilet with a remote control, we’ve got 90 year old dudes are walking around with 12 hour boners, chicks are sewing water balloons into their tits and bald dudes are injecting Rogaine into their dome pieces, but still no lung cancer vaccine?
What I want to know is why didn’t some Cuban smuggle this shit into Miami and become a bazillionaire? Yeah it would probably go bad on a wooden raft for 37 days, but that doesn’t explain why some baseball player didn’t stuff it in his jockstrap. We pay hundreds of millions of dollars for 3, 4 and 5 tool players, imagine what we’d pay for a 6 tool player if the sixth tool was a cancer vaccine? How much would Luiz Pasteuriguez be worth? A trillion dollars?
P.S. Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em!
P.P.S. There’s a zero percent chance this vaccine actually works. If it did the tobacco companies would have bought Cuba and everything in it the second it hit the street.
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