At the Simón Bolívar International Airport, Vice-president Delcy Rodríguez received the seventh Sputnik V shipment with 500,000 doses from the Russian Federation for the second phase of Venezuela’s vaccination campaign.
In the company of Russia’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Sergei Melik-Bagdasarov, and the Minister for People’s Power for Science and Technology, Gabriela Jiménez, Vice-president Rodríguez thanked the Russian Government for its cooperation to move forward with the mass vaccination campaign in the South American nation.
«A brave federation that, through the Russia-Venezuela cooperation, is bringing a guarantee for health and life to the Venezuela people, » said Rodríguez, who highlighted that these new vaccines will be incorporated into the second phase of the vaccination campaign, launched this weekend throughout the Venezuelan territory.
Also, Rodríguez underlined that this phase includes senior citizens aged 60 or more with two or more diseases, and vulnerable senior citizens with kidney problems or HIV.
«These new vaccines will armor this second phase of vaccination. Protection for our grandparents is very important, » she said.
The Venezuelan vice-president recalled that Sputnik V is the first vaccine registered in the world and it was developed by Russia, a powerful scientific, technological country.
Likewise, Rodríguez said Sputnik Light and EpiVcCorona have been issued emergency registration by Venezuela.
«Three Russian vaccines are joining Venezuela’s Vaccination Campaign, » she said.
Russia’s Ambassador Sergei Melik-Bagdasarov reaffirmed his country’s «full solidarity with the Venezuelan people and the Government of President Maduro who are facing completely illegal unilateral coercive measures. »
Melik-Bagdasarov said production of this successful vaccine will be progressively stepped up.
«We are here to express our solidarity and successful cooperation for future generations, » said the Russian ambassador.