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Vaccine against the coronavirus: what is known about the start of immunization in Venezuela and why it has caused controversy


  • Guillermo D. Olmo @BBCgolmo
  • BBC World News

Sanitaria receives the vaccine in Los Teques.

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A health worker in Los Teques was the first to receive the vaccine.

Venezuela began this week the long-awaited vaccination against covid-19. And he did it wrapped in controversy.

President Nicolás Maduro announced that the first doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine had begun to be administered to the population.

Dr. Glendy Rivero, a doctor from a Los Teques hospital, was the first vaccinated, according to Maduro.

But what is known of the government’s plans to distribute the vaccine, revealed by the president at a press conference on Thursday, have caused discontent and received criticism.

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