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US Blockade Prevents Venezuela From Paying For Vaccines

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Published 11 June 2021

Due to the U.S. arbitrary measures, a Swiss bank blocked the last payments made by Venezuela to complete the financial requirements for COVID-19 vaccines

On Thursday, Venezuela denounced that the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) prevented it from transferring money to pay for COVID-19 vaccines purchased through the COVAX facility.


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Vice President Delcy Rodriguez explained that the bank blocked the last four installments of the payment of vaccines valued at USD10 million.

"Venezuela has paid all of its commitments with the COVAX mechanism. However, the Bank has arbitrarily 'blocked' the last payments and placed them under 'investigation'. That is a crime," Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza tweeted.

In a communication addressed to Ambassador Hector Rosales on June 7, the COVAX facility confirmed that Venezuela had transferred US$110 million for the COVID-19 vaccines. At that time, only US$10 million remained to be paid.

Regarding this, a document signed by COVAX representative Santiago Cornejo confirmed that the UBS bank blocked the last 4 payments and placed the money under investigation.

Rodriguez stressed that the blocking of the financial resources of a sovereign nation demonstrates the imposition of a hegemonic power amid the pandemic.

As of Friday morning, Venezuela had reported 247,847 COVID-19 cases and 2,781 related deaths. In the last 24 hours, health authorities detected 1,083 new cases, 187 of which occurred in the Zulia state on the border with Colombia.

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