Recently, Argentine President Alberto Fernandéz tested positive for the new coronavirus despite receiving Sputnik V
A World Health Organization (WHO) made an alert this Tuesday, 6th, about cases of contamination by new coronavirus in people who have already received both doses of vaccine against Covid-19. “There are people who, even though they are immunized, can become infected,” said the agency’s spokeswoman, Margaret Harris, during a news conference. The representative stressed, however, that vaccines continue to be a good tool in combating the pandemic as long as the recommendations for social distance and personal hygiene are respected. Last Saturday, 3, the president of the Argentina, Alberto Fernandez, announced through its official Twitter profile that it is with Covid-19 despite having received the first of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V in January and the second in February. The next day, the presidential doctor assured that the fact of having been immunized meant that the head of government did not develop a worse health condition. The information was reiterated by the Instituto Gamaleya, which stated that the vaccine developed in Russia it is 91.6% effective against infections and 100% effective against serious cases, so the Argentine president must have a quick recovery without the development of more significant symptoms.
Russia will continue to supply vaccines to Argentina
This Monday, the 5th, Alberto Fernandez talked on the phone with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, who called to inquire about his health. Fernández thanked him and said that he is experiencing the disease “smoothly and without symptoms”, thanks to the “positive effects of the Sputnik V vaccine”. The Argentine also stressed that the results of the vaccination campaign in his country “are excellent and without adverse effects”. As for the request for a “regular shipment of vaccines” to Argentina, Putin stressed that the supply “will continue as agreed”, according to a Russian presidential statement. Argentina has already purchased 7,266,500 million doses of the vaccine against Covid-19, most of them from Russia (4,468,100). 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.
Putin did not reveal whether he received the Sputnik V
Russian President Vladmir 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.
* With information from EFE