Venezuela’s President offers ‘oil for vaccines’ as Covid bites

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FILE PHOTO: Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks in Caracas, Venezuela June 29, 2020. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday offered “oil for vaccines” as his country, which is under economic sanctions affecting the oil sector in particular, faces a second wave of coronavirus.

“Venezuela has the oil tankers, it has customers ready to buy oil from us. It would devote part of its production to obtain the vaccines it needs. Oil for vaccines!” said Maduro during an appearance on public television.

Venezuela has so far only authorized 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 Organization (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.

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Source: Vanguard Newspaper