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Venezuela to receive COVAX vaccines in coming days, Maduro says

Mon 2nd August, 2021 1:35am
CARACAS, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Venezuela will receive 6.2
million doses of coronavirus vaccines through the COVAX
initiative "in the coming days," President Nicolas Maduro said
on Sunday, potentially speeding up an inoculation campaign well
behind regional peers.
    The announcement comes after the GAVI alliance, which
co-runs the facility along with the World Health Organization
(WHO), said in early July that COVAX had received payments from
the South American country after Venezuelan officials said some
payments were blocked by a bank due to U.S. sanctions.*:nL2N2OK1PS
    Maduro had given COVAX an "ultimatum" to send the doses or
return the funds Venezuela has already paid. 
    Venezuela will receive doses of China's Sinopharm  1099.HK 
and Sinovac  SVA.O  vaccines through the initiative, according
to the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), the regional arm
of the WHO. The country has so far been administering Sinopharm,
Russia's Sputnik-V, and Cuba's Abdala vaccines. 
    The country of some 28 million inhabitants has reported
305,766 cases and 3,591 deaths, official data show. It had
administered some 2.2 million doses as of July 14, according to
PAHO. Reuters data show Venezuela has fully vaccinated 3.9% of
the population, among the lowest rates in Latin America.

 (Reporting by Caracas newsroom
Writing by Luc Cohen
Editing by Chris Reese)
 ((; +58 424 133 7696; Reuters
Messaging: Twitter: @cohenluc))
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