99% of covid-19 cases have been treated in the public health system

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The Vice President of the Republic, Delcy Rodríguez, said this Wednesday that almost 99 percent of the covid-19 patients who have registered in the course of more than 300 days in Venezuela have been treated by the public health system.

"It is not a figure that we can despise," said the vice president, indicating that this achievement was possible thanks to the civic-military union and organized popular power, which served as the guiding axis of Venezuela's method to control COVID-19.

"Venezuela has been able to demonstrate to the world that the social welfare state that we built with Commander Chávez and that we consolidated with President Maduro is the right path," he said when summarizing the Report and Account presented on Tuesday by President Nicolás Maduro in the National Assembly.

For Rodríguez, the particularity of the Venezuelan public health system, which goes to the home of the sick, made a tremendous difference in relation to how the countries that support the capitalist model and bet on private medicine to guarantee health dealt with the pandemic.

"We saw the crisis that was experienced in Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Ecuador," where people fell dead in the streets, "they did not have access to oxygen, a mask, intensive therapy, and Venezuela was able to respond by coordinated and joint action from the FANB, from organized People's Power, from the public health system, we were able to attend and respond to this serious pandemic.

Rodríguez stressed that Venezuela has guaranteed free treatments and has provided the health system with the supplies and equipment necessary to combat Covid-19, despite being blocked.

He pointed out that 2021 will be marked by the pandemic, the new strains that are beginning to appear and the ups and downs of vaccines, which - he said - are not without incidents.

"We are now seeking immunity for the population with vaccination," he said, noting that the Venezuelan model stripped the capitalist world.

The social welfare model - he affirmed - "showed that if you can be different to generate happiness for the majority and get them out of poverty."

He pointed out that the health model of Venezuela -a blocked country-, which was awarded international awards, was able to provide intensive therapies in sentinel hospitals and can meet the millennium goal even before the scheduled time.

"Venezuela is the model that reminds the world that it is possible to generate equality," he said, adding that Venezuelans can feel proud "of a method developed by ourselves for our people."

Asphyxia external financing

He recalled that it was in 2013 when the suffocation of external financing to the country began, and yet Venezuela has paid all its external financial commitments. "109 thousand 619 million dollars between 2013 and 2020," he detailed.

He pointed out that the United States was the cause of the default and the loss of value of the Venezuelan currency. “They have confessed it and we have presented this evidence to the International Criminal Court as a criminal sample of the blockade and direct attack on the Venezuelan economy.

"Our message has been very clear even with the conditional offers of the debt that we have taken out to the bondholders and holders of Venezuelan debt," he said, explaining that the asphyxiation of financing affected the ability to pay and economic activity, because the Venezuelan productive activity has imported components, which were also affected.

He said that the agri-food sector, which was the one that declined the least, after the president's call to produce food for the clap and "that allowed the few resources that came in to guarantee medicines and food production."

In the case of the drop in oil production. “Between 2015 and 2020, Venezuela has stopped producing 2 million 153 thousand barrels of oil, -equivalent- to 102 billion dollars that the country ceased to receive, which were destined for missions and large social missions and public services.

Regarding the fall in income, he specified that in 2013 they amounted to 57 billion dollars, and in 2020 they are located at 743 million dollars, "which gives an average of 62 million dollars per month with which Venezuela has had to live and here is Venezuela standing up ”.

"Venezuela has been able to endure this economic asphyxia, this inclement and cruel war against the people of Venezuela, and even so with the loss of 99 percent of our income we have been able to control the covid-19 pandemic," he said.

Regarding social protection programs, he indicated that more than 517 million bonds were granted in 2020, benefited 14 million people and had a cost in foreign currency equivalent to double the country's income in 2020, and the source of financing was the bolivar.

“The bolivar is the livelihood of the most vulnerable. The national currency is the source of financing for the Patria System, which amounted to 1400 billion dollars, "he said, noting that" the bolivar continues to be our protection shield. "

Purchasing power of workers

He stressed that the goal of this year is to recover the purchasing power of workers' wages, the growth of the economy, that greater production means greater income through the taxes paid to the State, and the needs of the population can be covered , through the Anti-Blockade Law, which has already begun to obtain signatures and agreements in different productive areas.

Rodríguez explained that work is being done to move towards a digital economy and apply different means of payment, of accounts that have positions in foreign currency, but that at the time of canceling in a trade for the acquisition of goods and services is in bolivars.

“From your account in foreign currency, it will be canceled in bolivars. We are seeking to bank all sectors of the country, ”explained Rodríguez.

He announced that they will soon present mechanisms to cancel public transport through digital means, to replace cash, which, he said, is a transmitter of Covid-19 because the virus can be housed on the surface of the ticket.

Impact of the Anti-Blockade Law on the economy

He explained that the Anti-Blockade Law will affect national investment when the national productive sectors join to invest in strategic areas of the country; and international investment, within the framework of a confidentiality regime for the protection of economic activity and the identity of investors.

In this sense, he said "we are on the right track." Enough agreements have been signed for investment in mining, oil, tourism and agribusiness.

"International investment may have a positive impact on the development of national productive economic activity," Rodríguez said.