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Argentina Set to Receive More Russian COVID-19 Vaccine

Voice of America
26 Jan 2021, 23:05 GMT+10

Argentina is set to receive another batch of a Russian vaccine against COVID-19 on Tuesday, just days after Vice-President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner became the country's latest leader vaccinated with the Sputnik V vaccine.

The vice president was given the shot three days after President Alberto Fernandez was given his first dose.

Argentina is one of the largest countries to begin vaccinating its citizens with Sputnik V vaccine, which its developers claim is more than 90 percent effective against COVID-19.

Argentina approved the use of Sputnik V for people 60 years of age and older last week, as it expands the vaccination program to a larger segment of the population.

Argentina is also awaiting the first batch of vaccine created AstraZeneca and Oxford University.

The South American country is working on obtaining the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine while still having access to the Covax equitable distribution of vaccine, which is run by the World Health Organization.

So far, Argentina has recorded more than 1.8 million confirmed cases and 47,034 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University Covid Resource Center.

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