First modification: 08/20/2021 – 04:56
Despite the fact that the Venezuelan government had agreed with the Russian authorities to deliver ten million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine, the drug has not been part of the immunization process against Covid-19 in the country for months, which has further slowed down vaccination.
“There is not,” says an official who is standing at the door of a vaccination center in a poor neighborhood of Caracas, when consulted by an elderly couple seeking information about the second dose of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, left behind. inoculate in Venezuela for several months.
Like that couple, hundreds of Venezuelans who were injected with the first dose of Sputnik V are uncertain when they will be able to complete their immunization. The authorities are silent.
Carmen Caramo, 77, shows France 24 her vaccination card with the first dose, corresponding to her second injection of the Russian drug last June.
“We went and they told us that for the next day, my daughter went the next day and they told her that they were not giving the vaccine, a week later the military told her that they had given 15 days, and until then, nothing,” said this woman who suffers from diabetes and is hypertensive.
“I cannot go out, I have my house in the town and I have not been able to go, I have not seen my family for a year,” he added.
The shortage of the second dose of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine has further complicated the vaccination plan against Covid-19 in Venezuela, which was already a slow and disorganized process in the country.
The only vaccine available at immunization centers is the Chinese Sinopharm.
“It is being vaccinated without any type of structure”
The president of the Venezuelan Society of Infectology, Manuel Enrique Figuera, told France 24 that the vaccination plan implemented by the Government of Venezuela “is political and not technical.”
“Unfortunately it is being vaccinated without any type of structure, without any type of organization, without planning, with disorder, large queues, great misinformation, people do not even know what they are going to receive, where they are going to receive it, they have to wait many times five, six hours, in the rain, in the sun (…) the mechanism is random ”, he describes.
The Government uses the Patria System, a program created to distribute aid and social bonds, to assign vaccination shifts, but many come without being summoned.
President Nicolás Maduro had agreed with Russia the delivery of ten million units, but so far only the delivery of 1,430,000 is known.