The immunization campaign is deflated. The first dose of the anticovid-19 vaccines, especially the Russian Sputnik, began to be applied in Venezuela with great emphasis at the end of May but almost three months passed and there are no signs of the second part of the vaccination coming.
President Nicolás Maduro promised that by the end of the year 70% of the population will be vaccinated, but so far only 8% received the injection.
The president also announced that in September and October face-to-face classes will resume but does not inform when the vaccines will arrive not even the second dose of the Russian.
Restlessness about going back to school
If teachers and professors are not vaccinated, more than five million primary school students are endangered, who will have to go back to class in person. Parents and guardians are extremely concerned about the possibilities of contagion.
“I have enrolled my two boys, one in high school and the other in primary school, in public schools, but I don’t know if the teachers are vaccinated to receive the students,” he tells Clarion concerned Ramona Guillén, a resident of the populous Petare neighborhood of Caracas, who is waiting to be notified when she is going to be vaccinated for the first time.
Vice President Delcy Rodríguez assured that “vaccines arrived” but did not report what class and brand and that the “immunization process would accelerate until October.”
Russian vaccine is delayed
However, the few users who have been vaccinated with the first dose of the Russian still They have been waiting for the second one for more than 70 days.
According to a report by Transparency Venezuela, “there is still no certainty of the date of shipment of the second component of Sptunik-V, the shortage of which has been reported since the end of June, when the mass vaccination was just the first month after being implemented.”
From February to June, the country received 1,430,000 doses of the Russian vaccine, but it is unknown how many of those doses corresponded to the first and second components.
Wait and anguish
You no longer see people lining up to get vaccinated in the centers like two months ago and everyone is waiting for the authorities to notify the next appointment by messaging of cell phones.
“I’m waiting for them to let me know when they are going to vaccinate me for the second time, looking at my cell phone every day, as if I were waiting for my boyfriend to call me or defoliating the daisy,” he says to Clarion Marilin Martínez, 56 years old.
“The Chinese vaccines are arriving, only that the Ministry of Health is not announcing them. There are vaccines, we do not know how many, but they skipped the plan and it is done in a disorganized, disorderly and politicized way with the home page and the card,” he wrote the NGO Doctors United of Venezuela on its Twitter account, on August 21.
The United Doctors organization has so far counted 3,230,000 doses (between 8% and 11% of the population according to the World Health Organization) that Venezuelans have placed, of which 1,800,000 are Chinese, from the pharmaceutical company Sinopharm.
No official data
According to the Nicolás Maduro regime, these doses arrived in the country as part of a donation.
But until the month of August a document has not been published that certifies this assertion.
If what Medicos Unidos indicates is true, the Venezuelan State is obliged to inform the public under what conditions these new shipments were received from China.
Given the shortage of second doses of anticovid vaccines, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has recommended reinforce biosecurity measures, that is, use a double chinstrap and antibacterial gel on the hands and masks.
Dead doctors and nurses
In a heartfelt act of tribute and recognition to the doctors who died from the coronavirus, Douglas León Natera, president of the Venezuelan Medical Federation (FMV), showed the figures, among the highest in the world.
“In total there are 760 deaths of health personnel of nurses and other professionals, of which 530 represent doctors, who have died during the coronavirus pandemic due to lack of timely protection,” lamented the president of the FMV.
On the 76th anniversary of the FMV, healthcare professionals laid a wreath and paid tribute to their deceased colleagues. The events were attended by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognized by some 50 countries as interim president of Venezuela.
“The government has been negligent and unable to guarantee biosecurity measures to medical assistance personnel who lack water, soap, cleaning supplies, medicines and vaccines,” he told Clarion Leon Natera.
Venezuelan doctors exodus
Natera denounced that about 40 thousand Venezuelan doctors “have fled to other nations as a result of the hospital and economic crisis never seen before in the country.”
He also denounced that patients with coronavirus and other pathologies they die from inattention. And it is that the 301 hospitals and 7,000 outpatient clinics, including Comprehensive Diagnostic Centers and the missing modules of the government health program called Barrio Adentro, “are collapsed in a total state of abandonment.”
“The Chavista government has tried to eliminate this institution, obstruct its operation and prevent internal elections to renew its union authorities whose fight is for a healthy health policy for the benefit of the Venezuelan people,” denounced the head of the medical union.
León Natera demanded that the Maduro government implement a true vaccination plan against Covid-19 and not lie with the figures, which in his opinion the official numbers must be multiplied by 10.
The union leader also called for better working conditions for the health sector and called for a discussion of collective bargaining, which, he reported, has been paralyzed since 2003.
“To dollarize the salary to the sanitary union that demands 1,500 dollars a month,” he added and here they earn between 200 and 400 dollars.