The US allowed certain transactions to the Maduro regime to fight COVID-19.

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The Joe Biden government-issued licenses authorizing the delivery of masks, ventilators, and oxygen tanks, as well as vaccines, screening tests, and other hospital supplies to address the health crisis.

On Thursday, the United States allowed certain transactions within the framework of the economic sanctions that govern the Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela to facilitate the fight against COVID-19 in that South American country.

Without lifting the punitive measures imposed on Caracas, Joe Biden's government-issued licenses that authorize the delivery of masks, ventilators, and oxygen tanks, as well as vaccines, detection tests, and other types of hospital material to attend the health crisis.

The Treasury Department said that the decision responds to a memorandum issued by Biden when he took office in January, which ordered the review of all sanctions that could be "unduly hindering" the fight against the pandemic.

"These new authorizations will further support the crucial work of governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and private sector actors to provide covid-19 related assistance," the Treasury said in a statement.

Washington, which ignores Maduro's re-election as fraudulent, increased economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure against Caracas in January 2019, when the socialist ruler assumed a second term.

The measures taken by the past administration of Donald Trump include a de facto embargo on Venezuelan crude, crucial for the economy of the former oil power.

Last week, the Venezuelan vice president, Delcy Rodríguez, said that 10 million dollars destined to the global Covax system to access anticovid vaccines had been "blocked" by a Swiss bank, delaying the purchase process.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), which facilitates the acquisition of immunizations against covid-19 in the American continent, said that the cancellation of the debt is awaited to order delivery.

With some 30 million inhabitants, Venezuela is experiencing a virulent wave of the pandemic that has overwhelmed health centers.

In addition to the health emergency, the country is mired in an economic and social debacle that has worsened since Maduro came to power in 2013, a situation that, according to the UN, has caused an exodus of more than 5.6 million people.

The United States Treasury specified that the authorizations issued on Thursday do not allow the export of any goods, technology, or services to the military, law enforcement officials, or intelligence personnel of Venezuela.

Neither do transactions involving the state oil company PDVSA and the Venezuelan Economic and Social Development Bank (Bandes) or Bandes Uruguay or entities they own, have no green light, he said.

Treasury sanctions prohibit access to the US financial system and block all eventual assets that those involved may have under US jurisdiction.