Venezuelan authorities and representatives of the main networks of private pharmacies in the country held a meeting from the headquarters of the Executive Vice Presidency of the Republic, within the framework of the guidelines issued by the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, as a protection mechanism for all Venezuelans in order to guarantee access to medicine and medical supplies at fair prices, given the presence of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country.
The meeting was carried out through the Ministry of Popular Power for National Commerce and the National Superintendency for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights (Sundde).
This meeting adds to the actions taken by the Executive to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Venezuela, as well as shortages, speculation, surcharges, illegal sale of medical supplies (masks) and medicines, in the face of this global pandemic. In addition, it aims to maintain the peace and tranquility of the population.
In the same fashion Minister of Justice, Nestor Luis Reverol posted a tweet indicating that retailers caught increasing the price of health essentials will have their merchandise seized.
Reverol: "Retailers committing usury with face masks will have their merchandise seize" https://t.co/A6VOdNHBue
— Orinoco Tribune (@OrinocoTribune) March 14, 2020
The Bolivarian government calls on Venezuelans to denounce any act that goes against the country’s economy, and invites the entire population to join efforts and continue creating awareness to jointly face the consequences of this coronavirus pandemic.
Translated and edited by JRE/EF