Argentina will have today half of its population vaccinated with a dose against the coronavirus. The fact that verifies the intensity of the vaccination campaign throughout the country was confirmed by the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, which also highlighted that last week was “the seventh in a row in which cases fell” Covid positive.

“Surely today we will reach 50 percent of the entire Argentine population with a first dose”, anticipated the head of the sanitary portfolio, who also announced that in the next two weeks the inoculation with second dose, which will complete the protection scheme for a good part of the population.

When making a diagnosis of the evolution of the vaccination campaign throughout the country, the minister stressed that these days “both the arrival of vaccines and vaccination are accelerating” to citizens of different age groups.

The official numbers give an account of the progress: 87 percent of those over 50 received at least one dose, 50 percent of those over 70 completed the scheme and 45 percent of those over 60 also they received both doses, as specified.

The second doses

Vizzotti stated that the campaign “is going well and fast”, and a shipment of the component 2 of Sputnik V, as well as the raw material in bulk so that the same component is made in Argentina, through the agreement with the Richmond laboratory.

When this happens, “With the strategy of giving the second dose, the increase in the first doses is going to slow down a bit”The minister warned during an interview on La Red radio, in which she anticipated the milestone that today half of the Argentine population will be vaccinated.

Covid-19 infections and Delta variant

Despite this data that speaks of the progress of the vaccination campaign, the number of infected people “remains high”, but even so, last week was “the seventh in a row in which cases fell and for the first time there were urban conglomerates that were no longer in a situation of alarm,” he pondered.

The data shows that “We are below the peak of the first wave for the first time since the beginning of the year, so we are decreasing the cases”, stressed and maintained that other of the axes in which the national government is emphasizing is to prevent the entry and advancement of the Delta variant.

“All the work is being done to limit this variant that is more transmissible and that does not have an increase in lethality, but that being more transmissible generates an increase in deaths”he declared.

In this frame, “The good news is that vaccines, especially the two doses, have very good efficacy and safety” against that strain. But above all, “the first step is to limit the entry” to the country of infected people who can transmit it, he stressed.

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