Argentina has become the latest country in Latin America to begin vaccinating its population against the coronavirus using the Russian “Sputnik V” corona vaccine. “The national coronavirus vaccination plan was launched simultaneously nationwide,” Argentine news agency Telam reported Tuesday. According to the Argentine newspaper Clarin, nearly 300,000 vaccine doses have been distributed in all provinces of the country.
The first batch is intended for health workers, as previously in the Latin American countries of Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica, all three of which use the vaccine produced by Biontech and Pfizer.
The start of the nationwide vaccination campaign in Argentina has been met with great anticipation, but also suspicion. In mid-August, Russia became the first country in the world to approve “Sputnik V” for widespread use – before the start of an important and final Phase III test. In Argentina, a country with a population of around 45 million, more than 1.5 million people have been infected with the coronavirus. Nearly 43,000 people have died in connection with Covid-19.
- Source: derstandard.at
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