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Are you Havana a laugh? Cocaine bust no worse than dodgy Covid pills

Our corrupt and convoluted relationship with Cuba never ceases to astound and amaze me

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The seizure of 600kg of cocaine at the Durban docks will have been mildly disappointing for the three advertising executives who had planned to snort 200kg each at their Christmas party. The people who shipped the drugs there, however, will be livid, especially since they now realise they should have labelled the stash as Covid pills from Cuba.

Just over a year ago, the South African National Defence Force revealed that it had brought a Covid treatment called Heberon Alfa R 2B across from the Caribbean autocracy.

At first glance, there seemed nothing untoward about that revelation. Vaccines were still some months away, and a Cuban-Chinese pharmaceutical collaboration seemed entirely respectable in a world in which horse dewormer was going mainstream...

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