Venezuela Sends Shipment of Oxygen to Brazilian State

Venezuelan President Nicolas Marduro sent a shipment of emergency oxygen supplies to Brazilian northern state Amazonas, hit hard by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Marduro sent a shipment of emergency oxygen supplies to Brazilian northern state Amazonas, hit hard by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Venezuela is reaching out to the people of Amazonas in solidarity… and we hope this oxygen reaches the people of Brazil fast… The trucks are on their way,” Marduro announced on state television last Jan. 17, referring to the convoy of six tanker trucks carrying around 136,000 liter of oxygen that can fill about 14,000 individual canisters.

Marduro described the situation of their neighboring country as an “alarming situation in the face of Jair Bolsonaro’s public health disaster.” He further said that a “veritable international scandal” was taking place in the Amazonas.

According to reports, COVID-19 patients died in state capital Manaus when hospitals ran out of oxygen supplies last week amid a rise in cases and deaths.

“If anything should come first among us Christians in this moment, it is solidarity. The Brazilian people should know that we are willing to help Brazil as much as we can, and even more,” Marduro, who has had a strained relationship with Brazilian President Bolsonaro, said.

However, Venezuelan opposition leader Julio Borges criticized Marduro and his gesture.

“Maduro wants to show himself as the leader of the poor, the needy, of those infected with coronavirus, when in fact he is a dictator, a human rights violator, corrupt, and who has managed to destroy Venezuela, one of the most prosperous countries in the Americas, turned it into the poorest country in America for corruption and organized crime,” Borges said, as reported by Brazilian newspaper Folha De S.Paulo.


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