The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, held on Monday a videoconference with Tedros Adhanom, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO); Carissa F. Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the representatives of the Gavi Alliance for Vaccines, in order to expedite the delivery of antidotes against COVID-19 to the Venezuelan people, through the system COVAX.
The Executive Vice-president, Delcy Rodríguez; the People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza, and the permanent representative of Venezuela to the UN and other international organizations based in Geneva, Switzerland, Héctor Constant.
The Executive Vice-president of the Republic, Delcy Rodríguez, reported last Saturday that the Bolivarian Government of Venezuela allocated a little more than 50 percent of the resources to the COVAX mechanism, specifically 59.2 million Swiss francs to the Gavi Alliance, for the acquisition of vaccines against COVID-19, which covers double the advance required by this multilateral platform.
Through the People’s Power Minister for Health, Carlos Alvarado, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela signed on September 18, 2020 the commitment to participate in this mechanism for a total of 11 million 374 thousand 400 doses to vaccinate 20 percent of the Venezuelan population.
Vice-president Rodríguez assured that the Government has the rest of the resources to settle the commitment with the COVAX mechanism. In addition, she said that Venezuela has the goal of vaccinating 70% of its population through the strategic alliances established with China, Russia and Cuba, together with the international mechanism.