Argentine President Alberto Fernández said on Saturday (3) that if he had not taken both doses of the Sputnik V vaccine, from the Russian laboratory Gamaleya, he would be having a bad time after contracting Covid-19.
“I have no idea how I got infected. I am someone who takes good care of himself. If it weren’t for the vaccine, I would be very ill”, said in his first public statement to radio 750, after reporting the positive result of an antigen test at midnight on Friday.
Since taking office, President Alberto Fernández has applied a measure to try to stop the outflow of dollars – Photo: EPA
“It is necessary to wait for the result of the rapid test (of antigens) with the PCR (molecular analysis) to be confirmed”, informed the head of state, who turned 62 on Friday and is isolated in a guest room in the presidential residence of Olivos , in the north of Buenos Aires.
His wife, Fabiola Yáñez, 39, reported on social media that her antigen test was negative.
The Gamaleya laboratory regretted what had happened. “It saddens us to know that (Fernández contagion). Sputnik V is 91.6% effective against infection and 100% effective against severe cases. If the infection is confirmed, vaccination ensures a quick recovery without serious symptoms. We wish you a speedy recovery “, he wrote on Twitter.
Alberto Fernández, president of Argentina, receives the first dose of the Sputnik V vaccine on January 21, 2021 – Photo: Reproduction / Social Media
Politicians and officials who have had contact with Fernández in the past 48 hours have had to isolate themselves, like the leader of the bloc of government deputies, Máximo Kirchner, son of vice and former president Cristina Kirchner, about whom there is no information of meetings with the head of state in the last few hours.
Fernández said on Friday that he is “physically well” and “well-tempered” after having a 37.3-degree fever and a mild headache.
“With a dose of Sputnik V, only 20% will develop any symptoms after contagion in a mild form and without hospitalization,” Mario Lozano, a virologist at Argentina’s state Council for Scientific and Technical Research, told the press.
The president took the first dose of the immunizer on January 21 and the second on February 11.
In Argentina, with 45.5 million inhabitants, 4.1 million people have been vaccinated until this Saturday. The country suffers the second wave of the disease and has more than 2.3 million contagions and more than 56,000 deaths.
In total, Argentina has so far received 6.7 million doses of vaccines against Covid-19, of which 3.9 million are from Sputnik V.
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