The flight for Russia to withdraw contract-bound vaccines will not leave on Sunday and the schedule will only be confirmed on Monday. The authorities of the Ministry of Health and the authorities of Argentine Airlines are awaiting approval from Moscow, as expected. Page 12, It has already reported that vaccines will be available as stipulated in the contract: four million for dose 1 and one million for dose 2 before the end of the month. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which administers aesthetic vaccines, pledged on Monday to confirm the final schedule and with it the flight program will be implemented.
There is nothing easy in the world of vaccines because there is an enormous pressure on the entire planet. Even within Russia, there was unease about sending the first doses to Argentina because the constitution specifically states that the Russian people should be given privilege in health matters. In desperate Europe there are scandals of all kinds with Pfizer. The laboratory records a month-long delay in deliveries, and due to the delay, criminal complaints against the laboratory begin to arise, as is the case in Italy. In the center of the scene are the problems of large-scale production. The pharmaceutical companies themselves are never finalizing the exact date of delivery and are under pressure from all countries and all governments. On newspaper covers around the world, the headline was “We need vaccines.” This is how the Sunday New York Post looks, for example, that puts the shriek in the mouth of Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, who directed his request to President Joe Biden. Meanwhile, in Spain, health workers are known to have had to stop vaccinating due to lack of vaccinations.
As this newspaper announced, the Alberto Fernandez government’s plan is to bring in vaccines in batches of one million per week, to avoid the costs and risks of storing in tanks at minus 17 degrees. The strategy also has to do with vaccination rates: around the world, at first, the process is slow and then the frequency increases. In Argentina, 300,000 doses 1 arrived on 24 December and vaccination is still only now complete.
Airlines are awaiting the final schedule because multiple flights are needed to bring in five million vaccines. Moreover, it was also necessary to obtain union approval as it would involve many excursions, outside of the usual routes. The head of the Union of Pilots, Pablo Berro, has already signed the mandate and the company is waiting for the schedule that comes from Russia. In Moscow they say they will confirm everything on Monday.