Argentina’s president is testing positive for Covid, despite receiving Russia’s Sputnik V shot in January
Argentina’s president reveals he tested positive for Covid despite receiving Russian Sputnik V shot in January
- Alberto Fernández’s diagnosis was confirmed with a PCR test over the weekend
- He has had both doses of the Sputnik V vaccine, one in January and February
- Sputnik developer, Russia’s Gamaleya Institute, has insisted that the jab is effective
Argentina’s president has tested positive for Covid-19, despite having the Russian-made vaccine Sputnik V in January.
Alberto Fernández, 62, was injected publicly at a hospital in Buenos Aires on Jan. 21, but developed a fever and mild headache on Friday, prompting him to get tested.
His diagnosis was confirmed with an antigen test followed by a weekend PCR test.
Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández, 62, tested positive for Covid-19, despite having the Russian-made vaccine Sputnik V in January.
Fernández said, “I am already isolated, follow current protocol and follow my personal physician’s instructions.
“I have contacted the people I have met in the past 48 hours to assess whether it is close contact.”
The president’s medical team said he was “stable and asymptomatic, with parameters within normal limits.”
Fernández has received both doses of the Sputnik vaccine, one in January and the second in February.
Fernández had the Sputnik V shot in public at a hospital in Buenos Aires on Jan. 21 in hopes of building public confidence in the vaccine.
The Russian Gamaleya Institute, which developed the Sputnik V vaccine, said their shot was 91.6 percent effective against infection and 100 percent effective against severe cases.
In response to the news, Russia’s Gamaleya Institute, which developed the Sputnik V vaccine, reiterated the high effectiveness of the shot, citing research data published in February in the medical journal The Lancet.
Sputnik V’s official Twitter account said: ‘We are sad to hear this. Sputnik V is 91.6 percent effective against infection and 100 percent effective against severe cases.
If the infection is indeed confirmed and occurs, the vaccination will ensure a speedy recovery without serious symptoms. We wish you a speedy recovery! ‘
Fernández’s diagnosis was confirmed over the weekend with an antigen test followed by a PCR test
It remains unclear how effective Covid-19 vaccines are in preventing the person from contracting the virus.
It is still possible to catch Covid-19 and test positive after the shot, but the vaccine greatly reduces the chance of severe symptoms of the virus.
Argentina was the first country in South America to introduce the Sputnik V vaccine in December and has ordered nearly 25 million doses.
But the rollout has been marred in controversy after nearly 70 people got the vaccine early.
The then health minister Ginés González García resigned because of the debacle, but Fernández defended his early vaccination, saying it was necessary.
He told reporters: ‘The media in Argentina put Alberto Fernández among the people who got the vaccine inappropriately, but I had to get the vaccine because the Argentine media said the Russian vaccine could not be trusted. I had to appeal to the trust of the citizens’.
More than 1.5 percent of Argentina’s population has now received two doses of the vaccine, but the country is still partially detained to stop the virus from spreading.
Last week, the government suspended flights from Brazil, Chile and Mexico after the number of cases increased in those countries.
Flights from the UK have also been suspended.
To date, there have been more than 2,383,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 56,106 deaths in Argentina.
He has already become isolated and has contacted everyone he has been in close contact with in the past 48 hours