EU and US refuse to unfreeze Venezuelan accounts to buy vaccine

EU and US refuse to unfreeze Venezuelan accounts to buy vaccine

Venezuela’s president said that European foreign ministers refused to activate the republic’s accounts.

Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s president, said that neither he nor his ministers were able to agree with European governments to unfreeze public funds. The frozen money was to be used to buy a vaccine against the coronavirus.

Maduro complained that European leaders and the U.S. were using the vaccine for geopolitical interests.

He also resented the fact that in countries that have no money to buy vaccines, people must simply die from the virus.

In Venezuela officially 1,000 people died of COVID-19. Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 114,000 people have fallen ill.

Last week, Maduro agreed with the Russian authorities to supply the vaccine “Sputnik V”, but it is still unknown whether Venezuela will borrow the drug due to lack of funds.