The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and the first lady, Cilia Flores, received this Saturday the first dose of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19.
The presidential couple received the dose of Sputnik V, after health personnel, who are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19, were inoculated with the first dose of the vaccine.
“Worldwide, all the studies say that the Russian vaccine is a vaccine with great power to generate immunity,” explained President Maduro. “We will guarantee all vaccines for the people of Venezuela.”
“There is a shortage of vaccines in the world … already almost 40 countries are putting the Russian vaccine and the European Union is studying it, so well, let’s see, I have a lot of faith in the combination of the Russian, Chinese and Cuban vaccine”, said the Venezuelan president.
The first 100,000 doses arrived on February 13, destined, in their first phase, to medical personnel who are on the front line to care for patients infected with the virus. This process began on February 18 in various states of the country.
On Saturday, the second batch with 100,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine arrived in Venezuela at the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía, La Guaira state, strengthening the relationship of bilateral cooperation to combat the pandemic.
The Minister of Health assured that “we are happy with 100,000 more vaccines arriving in Venezuela, more than 80,000 doctors on the front line, who care for patients with COVID-19, are already immunized. We have 700,000 doses (against the coronavirus) — 500,000 from China and 200,000 doses from Russia ”.