Venezuelan migrants will be offered a regional vaccination card starting in October, well-being delegates from 10 nations agreed on Monday, in an effort to ensure they get required vaccines and are not given double doses.
Over 4 million Venezuelans have fled a financial and political crisis in their home nation that has caused vast shortages of food and medication.
Wellbeing delegates from America, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Canada, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Peru, and Paraguay unanimously accepted the measure in a meeting in the Colombian border metropolis of Cucuta.
The vaccination card will “accompany migrants from mid-October and have the backing of international health divisions for its printing, distribution, and training for its use,” Colombian Health Minister Juan Pablo Uribe informed journalists.
The well-being delegates, including U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, further agreed to prioritize efforts to scale back infection rates and deal with malaria and HIV/AIDS, care for migrants with chronic epidemics like diabetes and cancer, and assist migrants in need of psychological health care.
The officers visited a Cucuta hospital where over 70% of births are to Venezuelan moms, one of the bridges that mark the frontier between Colombia and Venezuela, and a migrant cafe run by the Catholic Church.
Guaido summoned the constitution in January to assume a rival presidency, saying Maduro’s 2018 re-election was dishonest. Maduro alleges that Guaido is a follower of the USA.
Colombia is residence to some 1.4 million Venezuelans. Thousands of others reside in Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Brazil, and other nations.