The former president of Honduras Manuel Zelaya is visiting Venezuela to participate in the clinical trials phase of the Russian Sputnik 5 vaccine against covid-19, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro reported this Sunday.
“The former president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, has arrived in Venezuela and is going to get the Sputnik V vaccine as part of the trials of the vaccine from Venezuela, the Russian vaccine,” Maduro said during a televised event in which he offered a balance on the behavior of the pandemic in the country.
“Former President Zelaya has come to Venezuela, always welcome in Venezuela. He has come with an interest in health, public health, (…) he chose our beloved Venezuela to come to the trials, welcome,” added the president.
Zelaya, who was overthrown on June 28, 2009 when promoting an illegal popular consultation, according to his detractors, has always defended the so-called Bolivarian revolution and has visited Venezuela on numerous occasions, some of which have served to meet with Maduro in the presidential palace of Miraflores.
TRIALS IN VENEZUELA
Venezuela this month received a first batch with 2,000 doses of Sputnik V, which will help the Caribbean country participate in phase 3 of the drug’s development.
On August 30, Maduro had announced that the country would join the clinical trials of the Russian vaccine, a decision that, he said, was made after an “important meeting” between the Venezuelan Minister of Health, Carlos Alvarado, and “the commission of Russian scientists “developing the vaccine.
On August 15, Russia began producing its first vaccine against covid-19, baptized as Sputnik V and which has been received with suspicion by the international scientific community due to the speed of the trials and the little information on the drug.
The Russian authorities plan to register a second vaccine against covid-19, which is currently being developed by the Véktor research center, located in Novosibirsk (Siberia).
Sputnik V could also be produced in Venezuela, according to the Executive of the South American country, although so far they have not offered details of these plans.