What about COVID-19 and vaccination in Venezuela?


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be an emergency in the world, according to the latest report from the World Health Organization (WHO). Venezuela is not left to one side, despite the relaxation in some of the biosecurity measures and the little information that the population may have about the behavior of the virus.

The vice president of the National Academy of Medicine, Huniades Urbina-Medina, indicated that the incidence of cases has decreased, but continues to occur autochthonous and imported infections. Likewise, he specified that for some weeks there have been rebounds, while in others a stabilization of infections has been observed.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues: what about biosecurity measures?

The most recent figures published by the administration of Nicolás Maduro, this February 6, when the 1,058 days of the pandemic in the countryindicate that only two new disease cases by community transmission in the last hours. This downward trend has continued so far this month.

A total of 551,647 confirmed cases, 599 active cases and 545,199 people recovered, which represents 99% of infections, according to the latest report. To date there are 304 patients who are asymptomatic, 164 with mild acute respiratory failure, 89 with moderate acute respiratory failure and 42 in the Intensive Care Unit.

Underreporting of infections of COVID-19

Huniades Urbina-Medina specified that the country has not had the necessary amount of tests to make a diagnosis either. That influences the underreporting of infections, due to the fact that people have relaxed in terms of compliance with biosecurity measures and discarding of COVID-19. He pointed out that this occurs because of the absence of campaigns and the ignorance of many regarding the reality of the disease.

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“One thing is the official information from the Ministry of Health and the other is the number of patients who assume that it is just any flu. They do not go to the doctor or rule out tests are performed. Therefore, there must be a significant number of cases of COVID-19 that are not being reported and that is probably why there is a downward trend in Venezuela,” he highlighted.

What about vaccination against COVID-19?

Among the recommendations of the WHO in the face of a possible post-pandemic panorama, are the invest in vaccinationcontinuity of tests for detect diseasein laboratories to control possible new variants and in improvements to health systems.

Urbina-Medina recalled that Venezuela is one of the countries that is not prepared in terms of investment in vaccines“Apparently there are, but due to lack of information, people do not go to be vaccinated effectively and therefore, vaccination coverage is low,” he explained in an interview with The whistle.

He commented on the importance of getting vaccinated against the virus to avoid complications at the time of infection. Likewise, he reiterated that the vaccine continues to be administered in Venezuela, but the person must go every four months to strengthen immunity.

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For his part, the director of the NGO Médicos Unidos por Venezuela, Jaime Lorenzo, specified that the country has not reached a vaccine that provides prolonged immunity. In addition, he considered that the disease “will last a long time in the world and in Venezuela much longer.”

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Lorenzo explained that at the level of the National Public Health System, people who come to a health center or device prepared for immunization continue to be vaccinated. However, citizens are still applying the fourth dose, but there are no necessary campaigns to inform the population.

He assured that previously there were more vaccination points on the streets. Now they are only seen in some pharmacies and even vaccination is carried out, but there is no promotion about the campaign. For this reason, people are unaware, as is the case with prevention campaigns.

Mairen Dona LópezHealth

Mairen Dona LópezHealth

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