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Catholic Church urges Venezuela to unite against coronavirus

September 17, 2020 3:00 PM
David Smilde and Hugo Pérez Hernáiz

Coronavirus hasn’t yet hit Venezuela as hard as neighboring Brazil and Colombia. But after years of economic and political crisis, the country’s institutions are in ruins and experts agree Venezuela is ill-prepared for a pandemic.

As the stalemate between interim President Juan Guaidó and de facto President Nicolás Maduro enters its second year, civil society and world leaders are pushing for an emergency agreement that would enable Venezuela to mount a coordinated response to coronavirus.

It will be next to impossible for Maduro’s cash-strapped government to address the coming crisis without significant international financial assistance. Only Guaidó, who is recognized as Venezuela’s legitimate leader by the United States and most countries in the Americas and Europe, can secure that help.

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