Health Minister Dr. Tufton Considers Acquiring Covid-19 Drugs From Cuba

Saturday, March 21, 2020, 12:45 PM

Health and Wellness Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton says, “there is no issue as it relates to his Ministries capacity to test for COVID-19” and he is now in dialogue with the Foreign Affairs Ministry as the possibility of bringing in a COVID-19 drug from Cuba is being considered.

However, the Health Minister says those discussions are in the early stages, but he is doing all he can to put an end to the current health crisis.


The Cuban drug known as Interferon alfa-2b has allegedly helped thousands of persons in China to recover from illnesses associated with COVID-19.

Even though Interferon isn’t a cure for the virus or a vaccine, it is an antiviral that boosts the human immune system.

The Minister says Cuba is already providing nurses to help Jamaica in its fight against the Coronavirus right now.

Dr. Tufton also says Jamaica has the capacity to conduct the necessary COVID-19 tests now.

The Health and Wellness Minister also said Cuba and Jamaica have a very good relationship, and the conversation about that medicine for the cure of the virus will continue in that regard as well.

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