The Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, reaffirmed that the new restrictive measures that come into force today to contain the advance of the second wave of coronavirus are “intensive, focused and transitory” and said that, if necessary, there will also be “intermittent closures” during the winter when “the risk is greater”.

“Each measure is carefully analyzed depending on the epidemiological situation, the source of the infections and the speed” and “if necessary there will be intermittent closures,” Vizzotti told Radio Diez.

The strict isolation that began to apply today and until May 31 in the areas of the country under “high risk” or “epidemiological and health alarm” is “something intensive, focused and transitory, and then the impact will be evaluated”, the official explained.

“The next few months are more risky, due to the winter. We are going to monitor and if necessary there will be intermittent closures,” he added and was expectant in being able to “reduce circulation in these 9 days.”

Regarding the progress of the vaccination plan, the minister said that the national government is waiting for 860,000 doses of Astrazeneca, through the Covax mechanism, which could arrive in the country in the next few hours.

“We are waiting for doses of Covax, which in total are 860,000. We are awaiting the beginning of the fulfillment of the direct contract with AstraZeneca through 861,000 doses that are arriving as of Monday, according to information that begins to arrive. And we have the two flights of Russia, of Sputnik V with a significant number of doses as well, “he added.

Asked if tomorrow a commercial flight of the Dutch commercial company KLM will arrive with doses of AstraZeneca, she replied: “We are finishing seeing quality controls, they informed us that there is an insured number and the rest still just this morning to see if it is achieved, there are 860,000 in total. “

On the other hand, he remarked that “the Richmond laboratory is making progress, we will have quality controls by the end of the month to be able to work with the importation of the antigens that are going to be produced in Argentina, so it is a really important moment. “.

“We continue with Sinopharm to see if we can also formulate it in Argentina and we have the challenge of working with Cuba and Israel to continue seeing more and better opportunities,” Vizzotti stated.

The minister stressed the importance of “scaling up the vaccination process for people at risk, the 15 million people who are most at risk of complications and death, and we are analyzing with the National Immunization Commission how to continue and with which population to continue vaccinating. “.

“The milestone will be that the production of the countries that are producing can be scaled up and have a larger and more regular flow of vaccines. I believe that in June that will begin to happen but until that happens nothing is certain We also have to work to have some other supplier and I hope we can have news as well, “the official wished.

On the other hand, he stated that in the provinces “there is no delay in applying the vaccines, but only at the point of notification or at the interface in the information systems.”

“The vaccines arrive in the country, they are distributed to the provinces and the provinces are notified as registered; there is a time when Argentina has more doses than those distributed because it is doing that release and distribution,” he said.

At that time, he pointed out that “we were left with a minimum stock to respond to any epidemiological or logistics situation that may arise”, and “the only time there was a little delay was this last time with 500,000 Sputnik who were more time, because they were from a new square to release “.

“That is why we want to bring peace of mind, we are seeing this week and the one that comes with the arrival of component two to complete the Sputnik V vaccination process,” he added.

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