March 25. Venezuela’s vice-president said on Wednesday the South American country would not accept the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 if it was offered it by the World Health Organization’s global Covax initiative.
“It’s clear that Venezuela will choose through the Covax mechanism what vaccine it will authorize for the Venezuelan people,” said Delcy Rodríiguez. Venezuela has so far only authorised the use of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and the one produced by Chinese company Sinopharm.
On March 15, Venezuela informed the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) that it would not accept the AstraZeneca vaccine, despite having ordered between 1.4 and 2.4 million doses of it through Covax, the initiative aimed at ensuring an equitable distribution of coronavirus vaccines.
None of those vaccines have yet been delivered to Venezuela due to outstanding debts it has with the WHO.
Source: Buenos Aires Times
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