Embargo Impedes Scientific Headway

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Science  27 Nov 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5394, pp. 1627
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5394.1627

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A tightening of the U.S. embargo in 1992 and restrictions on travel between the countries have hindered science, forcing Cuban scientists to buy most of their supplies from Europe and thereby adding delays and increasing costs, especially for items that are made only in the United States. Curbs on travel between the countries isolate Cuban scientists from colleagues and conferences in the United States. The embargo has also impeded attempts to license Cuba's vaccine against group B meningococcal meningitis, the only one on the market.