Venezuela in turn announced that it will not authorize the AstraZeneca vaccine on Monday, March 15. In February, the country launched a vaccination campaign against Covid-19 with Russian Sputnik V and Chinese Sinopharm vaccines. Although the AstraZeneca vaccine has been suspended in many countries, Delcy Rodríguez, the Venezuelan vice president announced that “Venezuela will not authorize the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the process of immunizing our population for complications ”.
Through the Covax system, created by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the benefit of the poorest countries, Venezuela had reserved between 1.4 and 2.4 million doses of AstraZeneca. But according to Delcy Rodríguez “Taking into account the technical reports, President Nicolás Maduro has decided (…) not to approve and not to grant a permit for this vaccine in Venezuelan territory.”
WHO will convene its group of experts
So far, none of these vaccines have arrived due to Venezuela’s debt problem with the World Health Organization (WHO). On Monday, March 15, seven European states, including France, suspended vaccination with AstraZeneca, expanding the list of countries that have taken this measure for fear of side effects. The WHO will meet this Tuesday, March 16, its group of experts to study the safety of this vaccine.