Cuba to conduct vaccine trials in Malaysia

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  • Tuesday, 26 Apr 2005

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia is allowing Cuba to conduct clinical trials on vaccines as part of efforts to promote co-operation in the pharmaceutical industry. 

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who met visiting Cuban First Vice-President Raul Castro here yesterday, hoped the co-operation would boost bilateral trade, which came to only RM7mil last year. 

“The deal will include procurement, manufacturing and research and development in vaccines and pharmaceutical products. 

“Cuba feels that our country is unique for conducting clinical trials because we abide by global standards and because of the composition of our society,” he told reporters after the meeting.  

Najib said Cuba also agreed to provide coaches to train Malaysian athletes. 

CORDIAL VISIT: Abdullah welcoming Castro when the latter called on him at his office in Putrajaya Monday. Castro is on a four-day visit to Malaysia. --Bernamapic

“Cuba is well known in track and field, boxing and gymnastics. We need to discuss details like payment to Cuban coaches before they are sent here,” he added. 

Castro, who arrived here on Saturday for a four-day visit, also called on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. 

On the signing of the agreement between Malaysia and Singapore to bring an end to the dispute over Singapore’s land reclamation in the Straits of Johor, Najib said it was a positive sign. 

“It had not been easy. We worked very hard. I think that’s the way to go.” 

Later in Bandar Sungai Emas, Banting, Najib launched the institutions of higher learning expo at Kompleks AIM. 

He said students must choose relevant courses in institutions of higher learning and work at enhancing their personality to make it in a world that demands more than just a scroll as a symbol of learning. 

The expo is the first of many roadshows to be held in suburban and rural areas to enable students to have a better idea about the choices at institutions of higher learning.  

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