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Cuomo stop at Roswell Park planned for Wednesday

An update on efforts between Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a Cuban research organization to develop a lung cancer vaccine is expected Wednesday morning from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo during a trip to Western New York.

What's being billed as a major announcement is planned for 9:45 a.m., when Cuomo visits the Buffalo cancer facility's Research Studies Center at Elm and Carlton streets.

A Cuomo spokesman reached late Tuesday declined to offer specifics on the visit.

Roswell Park in April 2015 struck a deal with Cuba’s Center for Molecular Immunology to commence what officials hope will be a clinical trial for a lung cancer vaccine to be made available in the United States.

That announcement was made by Roswell Park’s chief executive officer, Dr. Candace Johnson, at the conclusion of a two-day state foreign trade mission to Havana by Cuomo and other officials and private-sector executives.

Cuomo was the first governor to try to get a foot in Cuba’s door since President Obama began pushing to relax the long freeze-out of Cuba by the United States.


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