Miraflores Palace, Caracas. – The positive results of vaccination and infection control place Venezuela “among the countries with the best performance in the fight against COVID-19”, emphasized the President of the Republic, Nicolas Maduro.
During his speech at the 49th session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations (UN), he explained that the vaccination goal reached 102%, while 97% of the 508,000 registered cases fully recovered.
“Venezuela has managed to mitigate and control the pandemic despite the great difficulties faced by the imposition of unilateral coercive measures, illegal, criminal, punitive, and extortive sanctions against the economy and our people,” he stressed.
Meanwhile, the head of state pointed out that the pandemic “has exacerbated the existing injustice and deep inequalities,” expressed in the disparity of access to vaccines and treatments in low-income countries.
Referring to data from the World Health Organization (WHO), he pointed out that only 10% of the population of low-income countries received the vaccine against COVID-19. While 0.4% of the tests carried out worldwide were applied in countries with poor economies.
In this sense, he advocated for increasing multilateral efforts and political will “to defend human life over pharmaceutical profits.”
Sanctions are an attack against human rights
Through an audiovisual message, the President stated that the 502 unilateral coercive measures imposed against Venezuela “have violated the human rights of our people and the right to development.”
He indicated that the illegal sanctions seek to “destroy our economy, destabilize our democracy and put an end to the inclusive social model built by the Bolivarian Revolution.”