Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced Wednesday that his socialist regime has chosen volunteers to participate in clinical trials for the Russian coronavirus vaccine candidate Sputnik V, according to Russian outlet Tass.
Venezuela received a shipment of Sputnik V earlier in October, Reuters reported. The clinical trials will include 2,000 volunteers, Health Minister Carlos Alvarado said at the time.
“The Russian vaccine is already in Venezuela; the trials are already starting; there are 2,000 volunteers,” Maduro said on Wednesday.
The impoverished South American nation, currently struggling under severe economic downturn from socialist mismanagement of the country, has suffered a severe outbreak of the coronavirus, which has stricken officials at the highest levels of the regime.
The World Health Organization has praised the Maduro regime for its response to the pandemic and its cooperation with the international community.
Authorities have implemented harsh measures to curb the spread, sending anyone showing the slightest symptoms