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Instituto Gamaleya reaffirms Sputnik V’s effectiveness after Alberto Fernandéz catches Covid-19 – Prime Time Zone

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The laboratory reiterated that the immunizer has 91.6% of general effectiveness and 100% against severe cases of the disease; Argentine president still awaiting confirmation through PCR test

EFE / Alberto ValdésArgentine President Alberto Fernandez said that he had a fever and a headache, but that he was already feeling well

The Instituto Gamaleya, laboratory of Russia responsible for the development of Sputnik V, responded to the post in which the president of Argentina, Alberto Fernandéz, advertises to be infected hair new coronavirus. The agent had already taken the first dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 in January and the second in February, but confirmed through Twitter that he received a positive result for an antigen test after having fever and headache. “Although we are waiting for confirmation by the PCR test, I am already isolated, following the protocol in force and following the guidelines of my personal doctor”, he wrote on Saturday, 3. A few hours later, the Gamaleya Institute replied: “We are sad to hear that. Sputnik V is 91.6% effective against infections and 100% effective against severe cases. If infection is indeed confirmed, vaccination guarantees a quick recovery without serious symptoms. We wish you a speedy recovery! ”.

In addition to Argentina, Sputnik V is already being distributed in 16 other foreign countries. At the Brazil, a Anvisa is still analyzing the request for emergency use of the vaccine, but recently the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Niterói and Maricá have already closed contracts for the purchase of doses. The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, received the first dose of an immunizer against Covid-19 on March 23. However, the 68-year-old’s vaccination took place without the cameras and the government refused to reveal which immunizer was used. “All three Russian vaccines are absolutely reliable, safe and effective,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at a news conference, referring to Sputnik V, EpiVacCorona and CoviVac. According to Russian media, the government’s expectation is that the fact that Putin received the injection will stimulate the vaccination campaign against the new coronavirus, which is having little adherence by the population.

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