A few weeks before Christmas, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made a big announcement about his plans to deal with the coronavirus. His vice-president, Delsi Rodriguez, had just returned from Moscow with seasonal consolation and good news about Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine.
“We guarantee more than 10 million doses of vaccine in the first quarter of next year,” Maduro assured the nation. “Our goal is January, February, March, April or May – at least 10 meters of vaccine.”
The reality has proved somewhat different, as Maduro’s government struggles to adequately protect its people for the most vulnerable.
There is no sign that Beijing or Moscow is giving priority to their socialist allies. Venezuela received 380,000 of these Russian doses – just 3.8 percent of what the president promised – and 500,000 doses of the synoform vaccine from China.
It vaccinated only 1 percent of its population, the lowest of any nation in South America. At this rate, animal immunity will take more than a decade to reach.
Dimitris Pantoulas, a political analyst in Caracas, said: “Neither Russia nor China is offering to help Maduro at this difficult time, because they have other priorities.” “And, Maduro just doesn’t have the money to pay them. This is a big problem for both Venezuela and Maduro. The country is becoming a secondary priority for the Russians. ”
Turned Says he has things under control. Last month, his government surprised many by saying that it had received পাওয়া 120 million to pay for 11 million more doses of the vaccine. Kovacs process, Developed by the World Health Organization and its partners to help poor countries gain access to covid drugs. That should be enough to vaccinate 20 percent of the population.
The cash-strapped government did not say where the money came from, although Maduro said it was “released from the blockade”, which means the fund was somehow released from sources before foreign sanctions. He said the source of the money would be cleared “in good time”.
The announcement was made to give the US-backed opposition a leadership lead Juan Gued 6Guard off. It also promised to pay for the vaccine using money from Venezuelan bank accounts in the United States, which was frozen under Washington’s sanctions regime.
Guader’s party talks with Maduro’s government – talks with Maiduro’s government on how to finance, import and properly store vaccines, but talks were postponed when Maduro said he would not take the AstraZeneca dose Fear of blood clots.
Shortly afterwards, the government unveiled its unilateral grant of Covacs, and negotiations began.
“The government has stolen a march on the opposition,” a Venezuelan political scientist told the Financial Times. “It’s understandable and the way the government has handled the matter has left the opposition cold.”
The guide is firmly committed to ensuring that the same thing does not happen again Release authorized 100 100 million from his frozen bank account in the United States to pay for any future vaccines.
Meanwhile, Venezuelan health workers Drug shortages and a lack of integrated vaccination plans are becoming increasingly frustrating.
Irma Madrid, 622, who has worked in Venezuela’s public health system for 35 years, said: “Where I live, no one has been vaccinated and dozens of my neighbors have died in less than a month.
“I want vaccines to come but I want them for everyone,” he said, adding that he joined a small group of health workers and opposition politicians in Caracas on April 17 to demand government action.
“At least 300,000 health workers could have been vaccinated with the doses that have been reached so far,” said Anna Contreras, president of the Caracas College of Nurses. “It’s very serious that frontline workers aren’t getting protection.”
The arguments continue How Venezuela Coronavirus infected and died
The government has registered 192,000 cases of 2,0655 free believable deaths out of a population of 28 million. That’s 74 people per million, far fewer than any other country in Latin America. In Brazil and Peru this number is over 1,800 per million
Last year, Human Rights Watch, a New York-based NGO, said Venezuelan official Covid’s figures were “absolutely unrealistic and unreliable.” The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a research center at the University of Washington, recently estimated that the number of new covid cases in Venezuela is six times higher than official figures.
Meanwhile, Maduro is believing in two Cuban vaccines, Soberano-2 and Abdala, in the second round of clinical trials, and the second Russian vaccine, Epivaccorona.
In a pre-Christmas speech, the president promised that “Venezuela will develop a Russian vaccine. [Sputnik] Here are the Venezuelan laboratories. He has since promised that his country, Cuba, will also develop the vaccine.
“It goes without saying that there is no sign of this happening,” said political analyst Pantoulas.