Argentina inks deal with Russia for Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine

Country will be able to count on ‘sufficient doses to be able to vaccinate 10 million Argentines..’


Xinhua December 11, 2020
A handout photo provided by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) shows samples of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, in Moscow, Russia August 6, 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ARGENTINA:

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez on Thursday announced that his administration signed an agreement with Russia to receive the Sputnik V vaccine against the novel coronavirus disease.

"Yesterday (Wednesday) we signed the contract with the Sovereign Fund of the Russian Federation that guarantees the provision of Russian vaccines for Argentina," the president told the press at the presidential headquarters in Buenos Aires.

The country will be able to count on "sufficient doses to be able to vaccinate 10 million Argentines between January and February," Fernandez added.

The president called on the public to continue taking preventive measures, saying "the vaccine has not solved the pandemic and we must pay special attention to what is happening in neighbouring countries and in Europe. We have not solved the problem because the risk continues to grow."

Argentina registered its first case of Covid-19 on March 3 and reported 1,475,222 infections and 40,222 deaths as of Wednesday

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