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Pandemic deepens divide over Cuba’s international medical squads

Cuban children rehearse for a ceremony to welcome medical teams back from overseas. The missions have become Havana’s main source of foreign exchange, worth $6.2bn in 2018 © Sven Creutzmann/Mambo/Getty

The mayor of one of Italy’s biggest cities was effusive in her praise for the Cuban medics who spent three months in the country helping fight coronavirus. “It is not the victory over the virus we are celebrating,” Chiara Appendino told the assembled dignitaries. “It is the victory of the values represented by those who came from the other side of the ocean, of solidarity and generosity.”

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