Venezuela says payments to COVAX vaccine system have been blocked

Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodriguez gestures as she speaks during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, April 7, 2021. REUTERS / Manaure Quintero

Venezuelan officials said on Thursday the country’s government has been unable to complete a payment required to receive coronavirus vaccines because transfers to the global COVAX vaccine program had been blocked.

The government of President Nicolas Maduro for months said it was unable to pay for the COVAX program because of US sanctions, and then in March announced that it had made almost all the required $ 120 million payment.

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