Venezuela to start COVID-19 vaccine between December and January

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Venezuela will begin a mass vaccination campaign against the coronavirus between December and January thanks to vaccines provided by Russia and China, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday.

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The latter specified during a televised address that this vaccination would begin as a “priority” with people already suffering from other diseases, adults or even teachers, doctors and nursing staff.

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Then, this campaign will extend to the entire population. “We are going to vaccinate all the Venezuelan people!” Said Maduro.

At the beginning of October, the country had received a stock of the Russian vaccine “Sputnik V” to carry out clinical trials with some 2,000 volunteers, including the president’s own son, Nicolas Maduro Guerra.

These tests must begin by the end of the month, according to the government, which however did not give a date.

The government of Caracas also ensures that the country is experiencing a “sustained trend” of the decline in the number of cases of Covid-19. This country of 30 million inhabitants has 87,644 confirmed cases and 747 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to official figures, disputed by organizations such as Human Rights Watch, which consider them to be unreliable.

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