The Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, left the door open to the application of a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine for people at risk. “We are evaluating having a booster dose in people at risk who need it,” he said on Monday.
In this sense, Vizzotti admitted that they are studying as a possibility the implementation of a booster doses like France and Germany are going to do, They have already announced that between the end of August and September they will give a third dose to the elderly and other risk groups.
“Vaccines for respiratory diseases do not generate immunity to prevent 100% of infection, and they do not have such a long duration in time either “, remarked the minister and stated that” a strategic population will surely need to be reinforced “.
Vizzotti noted that “thinking about periodic vaccinations was always on the agenda, especially in people with a higher risk of having complications or who have a less robust immune system, such as those over 60 years of age “.
The combination of vaccines and the second dose of Sputnik V
On the other hand, the official referred to the combination of vaccines that began last week throughout the country, mainly to supply the missing component of the second component of the Sputnik V vaccine. “With international scientific evidence, you can exchange Sputnik with Moderna and also Astra with Moderna”, the minister detailed, in statements to Futurock.
Regarding the delay of component 2 of Sputnik V, Vizzotti stated that they expect “to have news this month with the arrival of second dose vaccines” of the Russian vaccine. The head of Health affirmed that “there is no disappointment with Russia” due to the delay in the delivery of the second components, since “they are making a huge effort to manage and control the pandemic” and “Russia has prioritized Argentina” .
“August is going to be the month of the second doses,” he reiterated and remarked that the Executive trusts “in having the vaccine production in (the laboratory) Richmond.” “They are in the final stage of liberation, of quality control”, he detailed on that point, adding that the agreements with Russia imply the continuity “of the reception of the vaccine in bulk” as well as the joint work in “studies of the interchangeability of vaccines.”
The Pfizer Vaccine and Its Application in Adolescents
The minister also considered that “The Pfizer vaccine is going to play a fundamental role for adolescents to resume their activities.” It should be remembered that the doses purchased from that laboratory are expected to arrive before the end of the year.
So far, the only vaccines available in the country authorized for adolescents are Moderna’s, which arrived in Argentina as a result of a donation from the United States, and which are already being applied to boys between 12 and 17 years old with prioritized conditions.
Openings and vaccination
Regarding the sustained and progressive openings in health matters that were launched with the last DNU 494/2021, the minister said that they do not mean “that the pandemic is over” but rather they imply “a turning point and a new stage”. This stage will be possible, he said, due to the advancement of the vaccination campaign and after “10 weeks of decreases in cases and 8 weeks of decreases in hospitalizations in therapy and deaths.”
“Almost 60 percent of the population started the scheme and in those over 18 that is exceeding 80 percent. And when you see it in those over 50 it is exceeding 90 percent,” Vizzotti reviewed by way of balance, in statements to C5N.
According to the minister, the goal is to reach 60 percent of the population over 50 with two doses since with the complete scheme, hospitalizations and deaths strongly decrease. Regarding that particular target, Vizzotti pointed out that “2.3 million people are missing.”
The Delta variant
Refering to Delta variant, Vizzotti highlighted as “a key factor” that “at this time in Argentina this variant is not predominant” when in “a very important number of countries already have it”, which he pointed out as “an achievement that we are not putting in value enough, with the effort and the measures that were taken since the end of June.”