The plane that was supposed to search for 600,000 new doses of the Russian vaccine will return to the country with 220,000 and add to Casa Rosada’s long list of unfortunate predictions about the vaccination plan. Credit: Ignacio Sanchez / La Nacion
The expectations of the vaccination in Casa Rosada have added a new setback. Due to “logistical problems” recognized by Russia, the Argentine Airlines flight, which was supposed to fly to Moscow at the end of last week, was rescheduled to search for 600,000 doses of Sputnik’s vaccine Tuesday morning, without specifying a specific date. The plane finally took off last night and will return tomorrow, but only with 220 thousand doses, Just over a third of what was announced.
The Come-and-Go series began with the Russian vaccine on November 7. He promised that day: “We can cover 10 million people with the two vaccines if all goes well by the end of December.” Alberto Fernandez.
The president also announced that about 15 million additional doses could arrive in January. Hours later, Health Minister Guinness Gonzalez Garcia said the vaccinations would reach 12,500,000 people, implying that both doses are listed in the figure mentioned by Fernandez.
On November 12, the first doubts arrived from Russia. Denis Logunov, in charge of the vaccine development team, told the press Production in December will be 1.5 million doses. Only in January will they reach between 3 and 5 million monthly doses. In the Argentina Serum can be supplied in First quarter of 2021 With prior permission from Anamat.
Health Minister Guinness Gonzalez Garcia with President Alberto Fernandez Source: LA NACION – Credit: Marcelo Manera
Fernandez and Gonzalez Garcia started talking about January as the new date to start vaccination. “I estimate that, in small quantities, we will start in the first two weeks of January, but this is completely subject to possession of the vaccine,” the Minister of Health said at the conclusion of the vaccination committee.
“I would like to have it at the end of February 10 million Argentines have already been vaccinated. “ The president said on November 28. February was the new month for achieving your goal.
Finally, on December 10, they signed the agreement with Russia and the vaccines were guaranteed. On that occasion, Fernandez confirmed that He will be the first to receive the Russian vaccine, “So that no one is afraid.” “I have no doubt about its quality,” Added. In addition, it was mentioned that before the end of the year only 300,000 people would be vaccinated.
Five days later, the vaccination process was again in doubt. “I cannot say if he will get vaccinated this year. We are doing everything, but there are difficult changes and difficulties with aircraft. ” Gonzales Garcia At a press conference in Casa Rosada.
Carla Vizotti, second in the group led by Guinness Gonzalez Garcia, is in charge of the vaccination plan Source: LA NACION – Credit: Anibal Greco
A new problem will come two days later, when the president of Russia himself, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Who is 68 years old, says so Not vaccinated Because Sputnik F. It is not yet recommended for people over 60 years of age.
The Minister of Access to Health replied: “We are waiting for this information.” Carla Visotti Who secretly traveled to Russia. Only on December 26, Russia agreed to use this age group. About a month later, on January 20, the Anmat recommended its use For those over sixty. Daniel Golan The Minister of Health of the Province of Buenos Aires, he was vaccinated on the same day. Alberto Fernandez He did that the next day and it became The first president to receive Sputnik V. Gonzalez Garcia also applied the Russian vaccine on January 21.
Today I received the Sputnik V vaccine, and I thank the Aesthetic Institute for its scientific work, and those who worked to reach us and all the health workers in our country for their immense commitment, and the vaccination serves in immunity against the Coronavirus. Let’s do it. pic.twitter.com/Eb21kQy25A & – Alberto Fernandez (@alferdez) January 21, 2021
Finally, 300,000 doses of the first ingredient of Sputnik V arrived in Argentina on December 24. The day before it was MMinistry of Health Who agreed to use it. The long-awaited vaccination process began on the 29th of that month.
On January 12, two days before Aerolineas Argentina’s second flight traveled to Moscow in search of 300,000 doses with the second component of Sputnik V, Vizzotti indicated that the government was evaluating the application of a single dose of the Russian vaccine to 20 million people, not the two doses. For ten million people as announced. After sparking controversy, he confirmed that they would apply the two doses.
The president said he had committed “recklessness,” but emphasized that Vizotti would continue to lead the operation. The plane in the second dose finally arrived in the country on January 16 and began to be applied three days later.
The government was also excited about the possibility of 750,000 people being vaccinated with MMD Pfizer vaccine In December, the agreement has yet to be signed. “I think there is an availability issue They did not dare to sign a time-related contract. ” Gonzales Garcia.
This laboratory was the first to conduct clinical trials in Argentina, the president received its directors and was the first vaccine authorized by Anmat.
It seems that the deal was delayed due to A. Problem with the law Pfizer requested and already approved by Congress. The rule states that laboratories can receive compensation Except in cases of negligence From companies. Pfizer has requested that this exception be removed, but the government does not want to change it due to the potential criminal consequences.
“We don’t understand why they have so many immunity and prevention requirements, as if they don’t believe in the vaccine,” Gonzalez Garcia said in an interview with AM 750 Radio.
In the case of the British vaccine, the numbers are finally favorable. Although it was delayed approval in the US and Europe compared to other competitors, production in the country started in September and it was so Anmat approved December 31.
Alberto Fernandez It has announced that Argentina will receive around 4 million doses as of March. Additionally, on November 7, the presidency confirmed that it had purchased 22 million doses of the vaccine AstraZeneca- University of Oxford. As he announced, it will be ready in the first months of this year and may help fulfill the “saga” promised by the president.
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