Argentine Head of State Alberto Fernandez has spoken about Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, for which Argentina has given the green light. The country is expected to receive some 10 million doses.
Simultaneously with the negotiations it is leading for the supply of the American-German vaccine from Pfizer-BioNTech, Argentina has become the first country in Latin America to give the green light to the Russian vaccine against Covid-19, with a campaign of vaccination starting on December 29, 2020. In an interview broadcast the day before on national television, Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez reacted to the debates on this subject, notably evoking a competition in which the protagonists sought to “discredit” each other.
“The first aspect to take into account is that there is a commercial and geopolitical conflict engaged. There is also, because everyone aspires to this vaccine, a geopolitical dispute over the question of who will win. This is what we are seeing with the Russian vaccine from the Gamaleïa Center ”, declared the Argentinian head of state. “There is a raging trade war,” he commented on Twitter.
As Tass reported on December 23, Argentina signed an agreement providing for the delivery of ten million doses of Sputnik V.
Alberto Fernandez then declared that the agreement with Russia was the third vaccine purchase contract signed by Argentina, after those signed with Britain’s AstraZeneca and Covax, the international mechanism for supplying anti-Covid vaccines to countries in development launched under the aegis of WHO.
On December 10, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez announced that he would be the first citizen of the country to be administered the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19.
As AFP notes, Argentina, 44 million inhabitants, has recorded nearly 1.5 million positive cases and deplored more than 40,000 deaths since the start of the epidemic.