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Venezuela: Guaido accuses power of lying about vaccine shortage

2021-04-09T21:43:59.997Z

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Friday accused the government of lying about the country's vaccine shortage and said it had "nothing to do with the economic sanctions" affecting the country. Read also: The EU no longer recognizes Juan Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela "I will not tire of repeating it (...) in front of the official lie on the outsourcing of responsibilit



Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Friday accused the government of lying about the country's vaccine shortage and said it had

"nothing to do with the

economic

sanctions"

affecting the country.

Read also: The EU no longer recognizes Juan Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela

"I will not tire of repeating it (...) in front of the official lie on the outsourcing of responsibilities: (the president) Nicolas Maduro is the only one responsible"

for the shortage of vaccines in Venezuela, declared Juan Guaido, recognized as interim president by part of the international community including the United States.

“On December 29, they (the government) said they had bought 10 million Sputnik vaccines.

Now, they say that the funds (Venezuelan abroad) are blocked (...) They contradict themselves ”

, launched Juan Guaido during a press conference in Caracas.

In an interview with AFP, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Wednesday that

"if Venezuelan funds (abroad) were not blocked"

, the authorities would have

"bought three months ago the 30 million vaccines that the country needs ”,

specifying that the contract with Russia was paid in installments.

The vaccine shortage

"has nothing to do with the sanctions,"

said the opponent.

Juan Guaido, to whom Washington has entrusted the management of Venezuelan funds in the United States, assured to have

"taken the necessary steps for access to the Covax system"

of the World Health Organization (WHO).

In mid-March, he announced that he had released $ 30 million in frozen funds abroad as part of the sanctions for the purchase of vaccines through this mechanism.

The country has launched its vaccination campaign with the Russian Sputnik V and Chinese Sinopharm vaccines.

To date, the country has received less than one million doses.

Venezuela, 30 million inhabitants, is facing a virulent second wave of the pandemic.

The country has recorded 170,000 cases, including more than 20,000 in March, for just under 1,700 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to official figures.

Juan Guaido, whose first public appearance after his recovery from Covid-19, stressed that the country was experiencing

"the most painful peak of the epidemic not to mention the fact that the dictatorship figures are completely false".

He also depicted

"the collapse of the health system": "It is not only the Covid: being an oncology patient, having kidney problems, a chronic disease, unfortunately today it is a death sentence ".

Source: lefigaro

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