No power stations or freezers: The Maduro regime’s inability to preserve COVID-19 vaccines

File photo taken on July 30 shows a general snapshot inside a COVID-19 vaccination center, in Caracas (Venezuela). EFE / Rainer Peña

A recent investigation revealed that Venezuela does not have the infrastructure to ensure cold chains for a COVID-19 vaccine. In at least 12 states, there are no power plants — which guarantee power service in a country with constant blackouts — and no refrigerators or other refrigeration equipment to maintain the doses..

Recently, the United States allowed the Maduro regime to use $27.6 million from the public treasury so that, through UNICEF and OPS, it could boost the cooling system for The purpose of arrival of Covax-equipped vaccines.

Dictator Nicolás Maduro announced his ambitious goal of vaccinating 70% of the population within six months in order to achieve herd immunity. however, The unstable situation of the South American country means that this goal is far from being achieved. The health system is in a critical situation, and hospitals do not have the infrastructure to deal with the epidemic. To all this, it is now added that they do not have a refrigeration system to keep the vaccines.

In the face of this dangerous situation, The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are seeking that Venezuela can restore the chain in order to continue its vaccination plan and apply the doses in good condition.

UNICEF, which conducted an examination of the country’s cooling systems, decided in a report that Venezuela had failed to maintain vaccines against COVID-19.

stock photos.  A group of elderly people queue to receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Maracay, Venezuela, June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Filória
stock photos. A group of elderly people queue to receive a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Maracay, Venezuela, June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Filória

The report, in which PAHO experts also collaborated, reveals A decrease in the cooling capacity of biological products due to the lack of refrigerators, freezers, refrigerators and power plants.

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In 12 states there are no power plants or freezers, there are no refrigerators in 13 states, and there are no cold rooms or cold rooms in 10 states. In addition, according to a press investigation, Venezuela lacks a fleet of vehicles to transport vaccines and thus does not break cold chains.

According to UNICEF, Venezuela has a vaccine storage capacity of 960.9 cubic meters in which a total of 31,040,750 vaccines can be refrigerated. However, the vast majority of these doses will be in some major cities and the country lacks adequate infrastructure to transport or store them elsewhere.

Missed dose of Sputnik

Recently, the NGO ‘United Doctors of Venezuela’ denounced The lack of Russian Sputnik V vaccines for the application of the second doses against COVID-19 and demanded clarification from the authorities on this situation.

We demand enough answers from procrastination, where are the second doses of Sputnik V vaccines? They started a (incomplete) chucuto vaccination plan without anticipating the full schedules. One dose is not enough to achieve protectionThe NGO said in a message on Twitter.

He added that the “uncertainty” caused by this situation “overwhelms the Venezuelans.”

Both United Doctors and Trade Unions for the Health Sector in Venezuela They deplore that vaccination against COVID-19 is progressing slowly and unregulated.

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