(Caracas) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday demanded the release of about $ 10 million in Venezuelan funds for the Kovacs organization to redistribute “anti-Govt” vaccines to his US envoy, Joe Biden.
Condemning a “criminal theft”, the Venezuelan head of state promised that the last $ 10 million paid by his country to benefit from the Kovacs organization had been blocked because of US sanctions against Venezuela.
“The Kovacs organization came and recently informed us in an official letter that the last ten million dollars […] Blocked by the US government […] What is it called? US criminal theft, criminal sanctions, criminal activities against Venezuela! “, He confirmed during a televised speech.
“I demand […] The Joe Biden government is stopping the flow of money from Venezuela for the Kovac vaccine, and the Joe Biden government is releasing money from the vaccine to the Venezuelan people, ”he added.
The $ 10 million was blocked by a Swiss bank within the framework of an “investigation”, explained Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez for his part.
The United States has decided on sanctions against Venezuela, which, like most of the international community, do not recognize the current president.
Venezuela claims to have paid $ 120 million to receive vaccines through the World Health Organization (WHO) -led Kovacs organization, but its regional office, the Pan American Health Organization, says it has not confirmed the fee.
However, one of its officials, Ciro Ugarde, mentioned the remaining 10 million and promised on Wednesday that the process of sending vaccines to Venezuela was “ongoing.”
Venezuela, a country of 32 million people, has more than 247,000 cowpea – 19 pollution and 2,781 deaths, although NGOs such as the Venezuelan Opposition and Human Rights Watch have officially questioned the figures, which they consider to be very low.