Covid-19: Argentine President tested positive after being vaccinated with Sputnik V | Coronavirus

Covid-19: Argentine President tested positive after being vaccinated with Sputnik V | Coronavirus
Covid-19: Argentine President tested positive after being vaccinated with Sputnik V | Coronavirus
The President of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, who completed the vaccination of Sputnik V against covid-19, announced on Friday (early Saturday morning in mainland Portugal) that he had a positive result in a rapid antigen test for the detection of the SARS- virus CoV-2, having decided to isolate itself preventively. “I wanted to tell you that, at the end of today, when I had a fever record of 37.3º and a slight headache, I did an antigen test, which was positive,” wrote the Argentine head of state at Twitter social network.

Alberto Fernández, who celebrated his 62nd birthday on Friday, added that, although he still awaited confirmation of the PCR test, he decided to isolate himself preventively, “following the current protocol and following the [seu] personal doctor ”, but assured that he is well.

“I am physically well and, although I would have liked to end my birthday without this news, I am also in good spirits”, he wrote.

Fernández received the first dose of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine on January 21, having subsequently completed the vaccination schedule with the second dose.

The Russian center responsible for creating the vaccine regretted this Saturday that the President of Argentina had tested positive and wished him a speedy recovery.

“We are sad about what happened. Sputnik V is 91.6% effective against infections and 100% effective against severe cases. If the infection is confirmed, vaccination guarantees rapid recovery without serious symptoms, ”wrote the Gamaleya Center for Microbiology and Epidemiology of the Russian Ministry of Health on Twitter.

Argentina – with a population of 45 million – began the vaccination campaign against covid-19 in late December.

The government has decided to give priority to the administration of the first dose of the drug, having deferred the second dose for three months, for all types of vaccines, according to the Spanish news agency Efe.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Argentina has counted more than 2.3 million confirmed cases and about 56 thousand deaths, according to the count of the American university Johns Hopkins.

The country registered a peak of contagions in October last year, with 18,326 cases, with the number of infections reduced until March, when the current ascending curve began.

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