The Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, confirmed that the possible third dose of the coronavirus vaccine for older adults or people at risk it could only be applied towards the end of the year. He argued that this possible reinforcement for “specific groups, especially health personnel and immunocompromised people” could be available later “but it will not be before the end of the year.”
Meanwhile, covid vaccines continue to be administered at a rate of 300,000 daily doses, so this month it will reach 7 million inoculations, which means “a very high percentage of coverage with a complete scheme” in those over 50 years of age.
“Now we have an average of between 250,000 and 300,000 doses applied per day, and we have exceeded two million per week. In the last two weeks of August Many vaccines will arrive, especially from Astrazeneca, with which we will be applying seven million doses this month, which doubles the amount that had been recorded, “said Vizzotti in dialogue with Radio Continental.
In that sense, the official explained that “that amount would give us a very high percentage of coverage and full-schedule vaccination in those over 50 years of age, which are the main objective thinking about decrease hospitalizations and deaths “.
Faced with the possibility of combining vaccines, Vizzotti pointed out that “It’s not that people can choose what dose to apply. Vaccination is optional, so you are offered to complete the scheme with the combination. If he decides not, wait for the second homologous dose. “
Regarding the agreement to bring Pfizer vaccines, the minister specified that “it is necessary to complete the last leg of the final logistics contract. We have already announced the binding agreement, and now we are working to speed up logistics issues. “
At that point, he recalled that said vaccine “is transferred in a very particular and specific way, and they have to be reconditioned and redistributed in the provinces.” Vizzotti added that, “after these procedures, the final contract will be signed with his delivery schedule “.
Regarding the latest flexibilities announced by the Government, he clarified that “openings were progressively expanded based on epidemiological data”, and stressed that “the reality is that Argentina at the moment does not have the Delta variant as predominant “.
“That puts us in a really advantageous situation and highlights all the measures that have been taken to delay their arrival,” he commented.
In this context, he explained that “we have about 100 cases of Delta, and at this moment we have a predominance of the Manaus variant, and the epidemiological situation does not show us a change that makes us suspect that there may be Delta circulation “.
In any case, the minister stressed that “that does not mean that we will not have it in a week, but we are working so that that does not happen anymore.This is week 11 when the number of cases and hospitalizations decreased, that is why we can advance in openings and in measures to restart activities “.