Cuban Delegation Visits NIH
Following President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba this spring, the HHS Office of Global Affairs hosted Cuba’s vice minister of public health and a delegation of Cuban doctors, researchers and public health officials to strengthen scientific and public health collaboration between the two countries. Their visit to the U.S. included a trip to NIH.
NIH director Dr. Francis Collins, NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci, FIC director Dr. Roger Glass and other NIH’ers met with representatives from Cuba including Dr. José Angel Portal Miranda, vice minister of public health, and Dr. Jorge Perez Ávila, director of the Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine. The vice minister is the highest-level Cuban official ever to visit the NIH campus in Bethesda.
The delegation met for 2 days with HHS representatives in Washington D.C., spent 1 day with NIH officials on campus, where they toured the Dale and Betty Bumpers Vaccine Research Center, and gathered for 2 days with staffers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.