AMERICA/VENEZUELA – The Bishops to the authorities: “immediately begin a vaccination campaign”

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Caracas – The Bishops of Venezuela, gathered virtually, have asked for the launch of an immunization campaign against COVID-19 in the country, “with vaccines recognized by the international health authorities, WHO, PAHO, and not just an experimental vaccine”, as declared by Mgr. José Luis Azuaje, Archbishop of Maracaibo and president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela , at the inauguration of the 116th Ordinary Plenary Assembly of the Episcopate.
The Archbishop of Maracaibo referred, without mentioning it, to Abdala, the vaccine developed by Cuba that as of July 7 still did not have the emergency authorization from WHO or any other medical body. However, Nicolás Maduro’s administration has started administering it in the country since last week. The prelate sent a message of solidarity to those who have suffered and are suffering from the disease caused by the coronavirus, as well as to those who have lost their loved ones. In addition, he thanked health workers “who gave their hearts” to provide assistance to those infected.
The CXVI Ordinary Plenary Assembly of the Venezuelan Bishops, which began on July 7, ended yesterday, July 9, after analyzing the effects of the pandemic in the country and in the pastoral and spiritual assistance to migrants. A few months ago, the Church urgently requested the government to accept international aid to fight the pandemic. Venezuela presents an increase in deaths from Covid.
According to data from the international press, there are 282,940 infected with 3,264 deaths. According to the Cuban authorities, the Abdala vaccine, the first created in Latin America, is 92.28% effective in blocking COVID. The important thing about Cuban vaccines, which are based on a recombinant protein, is that “they can be stored at 2 to 8 degrees and this gives an advantage in the environmental conditions of Latin America.