Caracas.- The opposition leader of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, whom several nations recognize as president in charge of the Caribbean country, announced this Saturday that he tested positive for Covid-19 and remains “in isolation and following medical indications.”
“I want to responsibly inform the country that, after four days of quarantine as a result of some discomforts and despite having taken precautions, I have tested positive for Covid-19,” Guaidó said in a series of messages posted on his Twitter account.
“I must say that my symptoms are mild, I am already in isolation and following medical indications to be able to recover and fulfill my duty. After knowing the results, I have informed all the people with whom I was in contact,” added the opponent. .
According to official data, more than 155 thousand people have been infected with Covid-19 in Venezuela, of which 1,555 died from complications related to this disease.
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At least 393 were health workers, according to a report by local NGO Doctors Unidos on Friday.
Guaidó said today that Venezuela has “the highest death rate in the region,” while asserting that “this has been prevented.”
“While this virus is in decline in the world, in Venezuela we see the advance in infections and that is why solutions are urgently needed for which we must fight together,” he said, before pointing out that anticovid vaccines urgently enter the country.
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“I reiterate that my effort and that of the entire Government in Charge (which he assures presides over) for this to happen continues,” he added.
This same Saturday, the Venezuelan government reported that it addressed with the World Health Organization (WHO) the provision of anticovid vaccines through the Covax mechanism, although it did not offer details of the meeting that the authorities had with the general director of this entity, Tedros Adhanom.
The executive vice president of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, said that the meeting reviewed the aspects related to a possible supply of antidotes against Covid-19, which included information on “the available vaccines (and) the times to be addressed” in the framework of the Covax mechanism.
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This announcement came after Venezuela reiterated that it will not approve the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, a decision it underlined after the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) announced that the first doses planned for the country through the Covax mechanism would be of this pharmacist.
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