Chaos continues in vaccination centers in Venezuela: long lines were registered in an iconic neighborhood of Caracas

A group of Venezuelans waits to receive the first dose of the Sputnik V vaccine, in the neighborhood “23 de Enero” (Photo: Federico PARRA / AFP)

Since the Chavista regime announced the new stage of vaccination against the coronavirus, the operation deployed throughout the country was marked by the case and disorganization. This Monday Long lines were registered in a basketball court set up in the emblematic Caracas neighborhood “23 de Enero”.

“We have to make a tail, be patient, because there are many of us”he told the agency AFP Fernando Rangel, 64, a security worker at a public health center near the area, the Los Magallanes de Catia hospital, who had been waiting for his shift for two hours.

We are on leave for COVID and now we have to reintegrate after they vaccinate us”He added.

The dictatorship of Nicolás Mature last weekend arranged mass vaccination centers in different parts of the country, in the middle of complaints of delays with the immunization plan started last February and a virulent second wave of the virus that, according to the socialist president, it begins to be controlled in this country of 30 million inhabitants.

One of these points was installed on Saturday in the basketball court of “January 23”, where according to the organizers they plan to apply around 1,000 doses per day.

The Chavista authorities installed a vaccination center on the basketball court in the 23 de Enero neighborhood, in Caracas (Photo: Federico PARRA / AFP)
The Chavista authorities installed a vaccination center on the basketball court in the 23 de Enero neighborhood, in Caracas (Photo: Federico PARRA / AFP)

Hundreds of Caracas with masks waited in the surroundings, some with umbrellas to block the sun, in front of the immense apartment blocks that characterize the area, with some 80,000 neighbors.

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Jeniret MontañoA 30-year-old nurse was waiting for the first of two doses of the Chinese Vero Cell vaccine, produced by the Sinopharm laboratory. “Hopefully the organization improves,” stayed Jeniret, who had more than three hours in line. “There are too many people,” he added, fearing for possible infections in the midst of the pandemic.

His father had been summoned on Friday to get vaccinated, but he lined up without being treated, so he had to come back on Monday.

A woman in a wheelchair receives the first dose of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine (Photo: Federico PARRA / AFP)
A woman in a wheelchair receives the first dose of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine (Photo: Federico PARRA / AFP)

Fernando and Jeniret went to the scene after receiving a message on their cell phone. Appointments are scheduled through the “Sistema Patria”, a database launched in 2017 for the Chavista regime that the opposition has denounced it as a mechanism of social control.

The Venezuelan dictatorship set the goal of immunizing the 70% of the population for December. Something that, at the moment, seems very difficult to achieve.

Since the massification plan began, thousands of people They decided to try their luck and go to the centers without being summoned, hoping to receive one of the vaccines.

The vice president Delcy Rodriguez He assured last week that 11% of Venezuelans had already been vaccinated; Although the figure was questioned by the NGO Doctors United, critical of Maduro.

The NGO Doctors Unidos denounced a lack of transparency in the vaccination data (Photo: Federico PARRA / AFP)
The NGO Doctors Unidos denounced a lack of transparency in the vaccination data (Photo: Federico PARRA / AFP)

“We do not know if Delcy Rodríguez was wrong or did not see the comma: 1.1%. No 11% “, published the NGO on social networks.

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“They manipulated the reality of the health system. They manipulated the cases. They manipulated the hospitalizations. They manipulated the deaths Now they manipulate the vaccination figures, ”added Doctors Unidos in a message on Twitter, citing the statements of the executive vice president about the immunization process.

Delcy Rodríguez made this statement despite the fact that the regime has only publicly reported the arrival of 2,730,000 doses spread over nine shipments – 7 from Russia and 2 from China. Until now, it is unknown when the 570,000 that would be missing to complete half the treatment of 3,300,000 people were received, equivalent to the 11% referred by the Chavista official.

Venezuelans questioned the organization of the vaccination process deployed by the Chavista regime (Federico PARRA / AFP)
Venezuelans questioned the organization of the vaccination process deployed by the Chavista regime (Federico PARRA / AFP)

The process unfolds in a disorderly way and there is no clarity on the data, while the medical union continues to insist on a “true”Health policy and a vaccination plan that is “effective” for all Venezuelans.

The last friday, The Caribbean country signed an agreement with the Russian pharmaceutical company Gerofarm for the shipment of 10 million doses of the EpiVacCorona vaccine, although the arrival date was not specified.

This agreement is in addition to the one announced in December last year, when the regime signed another agreement with Russia for 10 million Sputnik V vaccines.

The vaccination process takes place in a disorderly way and there is no clarity on the data in Venezuela (Federico PARRA / AFP)
The vaccination process takes place in a disorderly way and there is no clarity on the data in Venezuela (Federico PARRA / AFP)

What’s more, the shipment of just over 11 million units of the Covax system is pending, to which, as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently assured, Venezuela owed a part of the total to complete the corresponding payment, despite the fact that Chavismo said it had paid it in April.

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Venezuela reports 242,138 cases of COVID-19 and 2,719 deaths as of Sunday, according to official figures, that organizations such as Human Rights Watch consider hide a high underreporting.

With information from AFP and EFE

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