Venezuela, March 16: Venezuela announced that it would not authorize the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine against the Corona virus, after several European countries stopped vaccinations with the vaccine, due to concern about side effects.
“Venezuela will not allow AstraZeneca vaccine to be used in the process of immunizing our population due to complications in the vaccinated patients, and its unspecified effects on patients,” said Delsey Rodriguez, Venezuela’s Vice President.
Taking into account the technical difficulties, President Nicolas Maduro decided not to approve this vaccine and not to license it on Venezuelan territory, according to what was reported by Agence France-Presse in its English version.
Venezuela – which started its coronavirus vaccination campaign in February with the Russian Sputnik vaccines and Sinopharm in China – has seized between 1.4 and 2.4 million doses of AstraZeneca through the WHO’s Kovacs plan for the poorest countries.
However, none of these vaccines arrived due to Venezuela’s debt to the World Health Organization, according to the agency.