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Argentina starts vaccination against covid-19 on Tuesday (29) –

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São Paulo – This Saturday (26th), the president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, officially announced that vaccination against covid-19 in the country will start next Tuesday (29th). Early in the morning yesterday, the first doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine arrived.

In the announcement, made in Fernández’s virtual meeting with governors, the president stated that the provinces will receive “the first 300,000 doses” proportionately and equitably “to start applying them simultaneously across the country. The vaccination campaign will have as its first group the health workers most exposed to the risk of contagion.

Despite the start of vaccination, Fernández stressed the need for the population to maintain care in relation to the spread of the virus. “The idea is that when autumn comes, we will have the largest number of people at risk vaccinated, that’s my goal. In the meantime, take care of yourself and that our countrymen understand that the risk is latent and that it is necessary to avoid agglomerations like those of the last days, ”he said.

The vaccination campaign in Argentina will be carried out in a coordinated manner between the provincial leaders and the federal government. The president celebrated that “we had a huge possibility of access like nobody else in the periphery has accessed”. “We must continue to work together because the only concern we have is to guarantee the health of the Argentines and in that we have no political party,” he told the governors.

Vaccination against covid-19 in Latin America

This Thursday (24), vaccination against covid-19 began in Mexico and Chile. Both countries purchased doses of the immunizer produced by Pfizer.

Nurse María Irene Ramírez, 59, was the first person in Latin America to receive the vaccine. “It is the best gift I could have received in 2020,” said she, who is the head of nursing at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Hospital Rubén Leñero in Mexico City.

In Chile, nursing assistant Zulema Riquelme, from Hospital Sótero del Río, was the first person to be immunized by the Pfizer vaccine in the country and stressed that prevention care must continue.

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Argentina extends border closure with Brazil

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Opera Mundi – Argentina decided on Sunday (28) to extend the deadline for closing air and land borders with Brazil until March 12, extending the previous decree that determined that they should reopen as of this Monday (1st) ).

Argentine health authorities considered it necessary to maintain the blockade at the borders and a 50% reduction in flights between the two countries.

The country is also closed to foreigners from other neighboring countries and the United Kingdom. Only Argentineans or residents can enter.

According to the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, the measure is taken “in a preventive manner until knowledge about the new Brazilian variant of the virus deepens”.

Brazil has been experiencing the worst moment of the covid-19 pandemic in recent weeks. The moving average of deaths in the last seven days broke a new record and reached 1,180. With 50,840 new diagnoses registered in one day, the number of cases in the country is already over 10.5 million.

Vaccination in Argentina

While seeing its neighbor in the worst scenario of the pandemic, Argentina is advancing in vaccination against covid-19. There are already more than 903 thousand doses applied.

This week, the Argentine laboratory Richmond announced a partnership with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to start producing the Sputnik V vaccine nationwide.

On the night of last Friday (26), Argentina received 96 thousand doses of the Sinopharm vaccine against covid-19. According to the Minister of Health, these doses have already started to be distributed on Saturday.

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