Maduro Announces Former President Zelaya Will Participate In Russian Sputnik V Vaccine Trials

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CARACAS (Sputnik) – The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, announced that the former president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya (2006-2009), arrived in that country to participate in clinical trials of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V against COVID-19.

“The former president of Honduras Mel (Manuel) Zelaya has arrived in Venezuela and he is going to get the Sputnik V vaccine as part of the vaccine trials from Venezuela, he has arrived in Venezuela, he is always welcome in Venezuela,” Maduro said during a speech transmitted by the state channel Venezolana de Televisión.

The president said that Zelaya arrived in his country with an interest in the public health issue, and that he had already announced that the Russian vaccine would be placed and chose Venezuela to participate in the trials.
Maduro reiterated that Sputnik V is in the testing phase in Venezuela, in which 2,000 volunteers participate.
The president assured on October 15 that after the completion of phase 3 of the Russian and Chinese vaccine in its “moment, it will proceed, with the authorization of the WHO (World Health Organization) and PAHO (Pan American Health Organization ) to mass vaccination “.

Maduro also reiterated that they estimate to start vaccination throughout the country in April 2021.

The first batch of Russian Sputnik V vaccines arrived in Venezuela on October 2, making that country the first in the region to receive it.

Bolivia

Maduro indicated that he hopes that Bolivia will recover peace and its democracy in the general elections, and that it can defeat the coup that that nation faced.

“We embrace Bolivia with our whole body with our whole being and we ask God for blessings for the Bolivian people, for peace and for them to recover their democracy and freedom and defeat the fascist coup d’état that seized power,” said Maduro during an address.

Bolivia participates in a general election, these being the first general elections to be held after former Bolivian President Evo Morales was deposed by a coup on November 10, 2019.
The political parties MAS, Comunidad Ciudadana (CC) and the Creemos alliance participate in the polls.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) announced that it will not publish preliminary results of the general elections and that it will only progressively disclose the official counts that it expects to conclude in two or three days.

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