Socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro claimed in a nationally televised broadcast on Tuesday that Venezuela had developed several novel therapies to fight the Chinese coronavirus, including unspecified “miracle droplets” he claimed originated with a Catholic saint.
Following two decades of socialist rule, Venezuela boasts one of the world’s least developed healthcare systems, suffering from chronic shortages of nearly every drug on the World Health Organization’s (W.H.O.) list of medications necessary to run a functional system. Maduro has not invested significantly in hospitals or clinics, resulting in skyrocketing amputations (to prevent treatable infections from spreading), overcrowded and unrefrigerated morgues, and incidents like women giving birth on food ration lines becoming increasingly commonplace.
As Venezuela was uniquely unprepared for a pandemic, the Chinese coronavirus has resulted in a rapidly growing crisis. Maduro’s regime, which has not legitimately ruled the country in nearly two years, claims to have documented slightly over 85,000 coronavirus cases nationwide