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UNESCO Ratifies Finlay Prize And Recognizes Cuba’s Contribution


UNESCO recognized on Wednesday Cuba’s commitment to scientific research by ratifying the importance and permanence of the Carlos J. Finlay Prize for Microbiology, awarded by the organization.
In the review process of the multilateral entity’s award system, UNESCO’s General Director Audrey Azoulay noted in her report that the prize created in 1977 embodies the vision of the Cuban government ‘to develop excellence in the science of Microbiology and its applications to support national challenges, but also to expand capacity at the service of the rest of humanity.’
‘The award is unique in this regard, so it has added value,’ she stressed.
Sponsored by Cuba, it honors the doctor and scientist Finlay (1833-1915), who stood out for his discoveries on the transmission of yellow fever, and acknowledges people and institutions with relevant contributions in the field of Microbiology, including Immunology, Molecular Biology, Genetics and other related fields.
In addition to highlighting Cuba’s long-term support and effective collaboration, UNESCO underscored the role of the prize in promoting teaching, research and international cooperation in basic sciences, with a view to accompanying countries in solving problems paving the way to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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