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The sanctions affect Venezuelan vaccine purchases

Health care workers give COVID-19 vaccine to people in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo: AFP / VNA

Previously, the United States had blockade millions of dollars in Venezuelan bank accounts in the United States, within the framework of the sanctions imposed on the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Foreign Minister Arreaza, in an interview with press about the impact of this, emphasized: “If Venezuela had not had resources frozen, we would have been able to buy the 30 million doses of vaccine that we needed three months ago.” .

So far, Venezuela has received 250,000 doses of Russian vaccine Sputnik V and 500,000 doses of vaccine from Sinopharm (China). Caracas is in talks to buy more vaccines from the global vaccine access mechanism COVAX led by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The head of the Inter-American Medical Organization (PAHO) Emergency Medical Committee, Ciro Ugarte said “negotiations and negotiations as well as efforts to lift the blockade on Venezuelan assets in Foreign countries are still in progress “.

Like other countries in Latin America, Venezuela is struggling to cope with the new wave of infections, most since a variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus first appeared in Brazil. To date, Venezuela has recorded a total of over 170,000 infections and over 1,700 deaths.

* According to the Vietnam News Agency reporter in South America, on April 7, the Chilean government licensed the emergency use of the Ad5-nCoV vaccine, researched and developed by the Chinese pharmaceutical company CanSino. After the Chilean Institute of Public Health (ISP) announced its decision to approve the Ad5-nCoV vaccine, the government hopes to receive 1.8 million doses of this vaccine from CanSino in the coming days.

Before Ad5-nCoV, Chile granted emergency permits for three other vaccines produced by pharmaceutical firms Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinovac and AstraZeneca. Preliminary data showed that the Ad5-nCoV vaccine was 65.7% effective in clinical trials. Side effects of the vaccine include muscle pain, fever, and headache, health experts said. In addition, the vaccine simplifies the vaccination process by requiring only one shot, while the majority of current COVID-19 vaccines require two shots.

To date, Chile recorded over 7,111,000 people were vaccinated against COVID-19, of which about 4,192,000 had received 2 doses.

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