The Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, assured today that Argentina “is in a position” to advance in the 24 jurisdictions of the country in the exchange of “different vaccines” against the coronavirus, starting “with Sputnik V with Moderna and AstraZeneca”, to complete the immunization schedule for people who have not received the second dose of the drug.

The official made the announcement at a press conference that she offered at the Government House together with the Ministers of Health of the province of Buenos Aires, Nicolás Kreplak, and of the City of Buenos Aires, Fernán Quirós, after a meeting they held with the Chief of Cabinet, Santiago Cafiero.

Vizzotti reiterated the importance of completing the immunization schedule for those who have received the first dose of Sputnik V and are awaiting the second, announcing that scientific studies carried out with volunteers gave evidence of the efficacy of the combination of vaccines against to the coronavirus and detail that the possibility of receiving a different vaccine is “optional”.

In that sense, he affirmed that the one and a half million vaccines from the Moderna laboratory that have arrived in the country will begin to be distributed tomorrow to each of the 24 jurisdictions to “start the acceleration” of the immunization plan, with the possibility of being combined.

Argentina, said the Minister of Health, is “in a position to advance in the 24 jurisdictions to exchange different vaccines starting with Sputnik V with Moderna and AstraZeneca” for people who have not yet received the second dose of immunization.

He also remarked that “coverage is assured” in Argentina of 60% of people over 50 years vaccinated with two doses of drugs against the coronavirus, according to the projection that establishes that 2.3 million doses are needed to reach that target.

“We have the aspiration to surpass that mark”, the minister warned in that sense.

On the other hand, he recalled the recommendation to “discard trips to places where there is viral circulation, especially the Delta variant”, when in Argentina the growth of coronavirus cases is slowing and the population is vaccinated.

For his part, Kreplak celebrated “the cooperation and multicenter work that allows us to make good quality decisions”, which “are reliable and also contribute to the world.”

Meanwhile, Quirós spoke in the same direction, highlighting “local experience so that all jurisdictions can make decisions based on that experience.”


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