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ALBA-TCP Ministers of Agriculture will meet to promote the agri-food sector

This February 18, the meeting of agriculture ministers of the member states of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America-Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) will be held, as part of the follow-up to the Postpandemic 2021 Work Plan.

The main objective of the telematic meeting is to establish strategic and joint response actions to promote the agri-food sector, given the negative impact generated by the health emergency of COVID-19.

Venezuela Ratifies the Validity of the 1966 Geneva Agreement

Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza recalled the 55th anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Agreement, an international instrument whose purpose is to resolve the dispute between his country and Guyana over the Essequibo area.

Venezuela and the United Kingdom signed this agreement in 1966, involving Guyana after its independence on May. 26, 1966. The treaty establishes the basis for the peaceful solution of the border dispute over the territory to the west of the Essequibo River.

The Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Ministry stated that its country has strictly fulfilled the International Law, complying during these 55 years with the principles established in the agreement.

Venezuela: UN Human Rights Rapporteur Presents Her Observations

The United Nations Human Rights Rapporteur, Alena Douhan, offered a press conference to share the preliminary assessment of her visit to Venezuela to evaluate the effects of the United States’ blockade against Venezuela.

The report, summarized in an overview of visits to several states of the Venezuelan territory to observe the current situation of the country, together with the series of actions applied by the Government of the United States against the South American country, highlights the effects on food and health of the population.

Douhan highlights that the unilateral measures applied against Venezuela, its institutions and assets abroad, violate international law, as well as violate the rights of the country to respond to the needs of a people suffering the consequences of the blockade applied by the U.S. and its European allies.

Venezuela receives first 100,000 Sputnik-V vaccines against COVID-19

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela received last Saturday a first batch of 100,000 Sputnik-V vaccines; as part of a total of 10 million doses planned to reach the country; a fact with which several of the agreements between the South American and the Eurasian nation are consolidated, in order to continue guaranteeing the Venezuelan people the fundamental right to health.

Venezuela to Launch Its COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro informed his country will start its vaccination campaign with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine this Thursday.

“We will begin immunizing health workers with the 100,000 doses that arrived in the country on Feb. 15,” he said, adding that the government will guarantee the health and lives of the people “thanks to cooperation between Russia and Venezuela.”

Law enforcement officials, high-ranking government authorities, and lawmakers will also be immunized in the first vaccination days: “We have approved Sputnik V because our scientific studies have proven its total and absolute safety. Experts assured it is the most advanced and safest vaccine in the world,” Maduro stressed.

Venezuela Sends Third Oxygen Shipment to Brazil

Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza informed that his country sent a third shipment of oxygen to Brazil to continue helping mitigate the health emergency caused by COVID-19 in the Roraima and Amazonas states.

Brazil continues to be one of the most affected countries by COVID-19. Over the last 24 hours, it registered 528 new deaths due to the disease, raising the death toll to 239,773 since the beginning of the pandemic.

“Despite our political differences, we will not stop helping the Brazilian people,” Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro said in January, when his government sent the first shipment of oxygen to Manaus city, in the Amazon state.


Venezuela to Resume Face-to-Face Classes Partially in March

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro Sunday informed that his country will partially resume face-to-face classes as of March complying with “all necessary health measures to prevent contagion.”

“The return to the classroom will be carried out under a strict biosecurity protocol to preserve students’ health,” Maduro highlighted, adding that the vaccination campaign will kick off in the next few days.

With 83 nationals from Ecuador, Plan Vuelta a la Patria exceeds 23 thousand returnees to Venezuela

A total of 83 nationals arrived in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela this Tuesday, February 16, from the Republic of Ecuador, in a new day of the Plan Vuelta a la Patria, a humanitarian bridge that -since its launch in 2018- has returned to the country more than 23 thousand Venezuelans who were in vulnerable situations in different nations of the world.

From the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport, in Guayaquil, the Conviasa flight took off with this group of compatriots who return to their country in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, for which they were received at the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía, in La Guaira state, under all the biosafety protocols and prevention measures promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Bolivarian Government.

With this, there are 169 returnees from Ecuador in February. At the beginning of the month, 86 compatriots returned to the country, complying with the instructions of President Nicolás Maduro to reactivate humanitarian flights in the face of the health emergency that continues this year 2021.

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