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MADRID, 18 (EUROPA PRESS)
The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, confirmed this Sunday the shipment of a cargo of 136,000 liters of oxygen to the city of Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas, which in recent days has confirmed the collapse of its system of Health.
“We aspire for this oxygen to arrive soon for the people of Brazil, and the people of Brazil should know that to the best of our ability and beyond that we are willing to support them,” President Maduro remarked during his regular Sunday appearance on public television. Venezuelan.
At the beginning of last week, the Brazilian Minister of Health, General Eduardo Pazuello, acknowledged that there had been “a collapse in the care of the health system in Manaus” and that the queue to get a bed had grown “quite a lot” , remembering the crisis that the city suffered during the month of April, when the images of mass graves in crowded cemeteries went around the world.
The capital of Amazonas has also faced a lack of hospital oxygen in recent days, which led the main supply companies of the state government, such as White Martins, to go to the Venezuelan market to be able to respond to demand, reported the newspaper ‘ Folha de Sao Paulo ‘.
The state of Amazona has confirmed 230,644 accumulated cases and 6,191 deaths. Brazil, according to its latest balance, has already diagnosed almost 8.5 million infections and close to 210,000 deaths.
“GEOPOLITICAL WAR FOR THE VACCINE”
On the other hand, Maduro has denounced “the unjust and unequal world system that exists”, after the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that 95 percent of the doses of the first vaccines have been concentrated only in a dozen countries.
That is why Maduro has pointed out that there is “a geopolitical war for the vaccine” and has regretted that there are “190 countries in the world that have not had the right to have vaccines”, a fact that “reveals the unjust and unequal world system that exists” .
Faced with this situation, President Maduro has announced that steps are being taken to create a “vaccine bank” through the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) “to meet” this need not only in the countries of the group, but also for those of the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean.
For his part, the Minister of Health, Carlos Alvarado, has reported this Sunday another 497 cases of coronavirus, of which 488 are of community transmission. In total, 119,803 have contracted the disease, of which 1,106 have died.
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