Another 212 people died and 20,906 were infected with coronavirus, according to the record of the last 72 hours in Argentina, while the Minister of Health, Ginés González Garcia, rejected as “false” the information on alleged adverse effects of the Sputnik V vaccine and stated that “only 1 percent” of those inoculated observed mild or moderate abnormalities.
With the official figures reported, which include the reports of December 31 and January 1 and 2, the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic rose to 43,375, while the infected reached 1,634,834, of of which 1,447,092 are recovered patients.
The Ministry of Health also reported that There are 3,438 people hospitalized in intensive care throughout the country, with an occupancy rate of 52.9% nationwide and 56.9% in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA).
The cases registered in the last 72 hours correspond to the province of Buenos Aires 8,308, City of Buenos Aires 2,406, Catamarca 2,900, Chaco 512, Chubut 776, Corrientes 218, Córdoba 1,107, Entre Ríos 893, Jujuy 18, Formosa 8, La Pampa 725, La Rioja 36, Mendoza 237, Misiones 8, Neuquén 907, Río Negro 546, Salta 97, San Juan 62, San Luis 42, Santa Cruz 859, Santa Fe 2274, Santiago del Estero 237, Tierra del Fuego 301 and Tucumán 197 .
In this context, The minister rejected as “false” the information published in the last hours in the media and social networks about the alleged negative effects of the Sputnik V vaccine and said that “only 1 percent” observed adverse effects, mostly mild or moderate.
González García clarified that, “of the 317 reported cases, 99.3% were classified as mild or moderate, and the presence of fever, headache or muscle pain, as a single or combined symptom, represented 80% of the total events reported “.
The official also pointed out that, “if they start, these symptoms appear within 6 hours of applying the vaccine and disappear after 24-48 hours.”
Also the Buenos Aires Vice Minister of Health, Nicolás Kreplak, warned about the beginning of “a campaign of fake news (false news) and installation of fear” to “discredit” the national vaccination plan against Covid-19Therefore, he urged the use of “official information on the adverse effects reported by the usual symptoms of any vaccine.”
Kreplak advised from his official Twitter account to appeal the conclusions of the first vaccine safety surveillance report made by the National Ministry of Health, the content of which is available on the website
In relation to the 300,000 doses of Sputnik V, the main object of harassment in networks, Kreplak stressed that the vaccine created by the Gamaleya Center of Russia “registers the adverse effects that report symptoms common to any vaccine.”
“The most important vaccination campaign in history began and with it came the other campaign: that of fake news and installation of fear. We are in a moment as difficult as it is transcendental for our people. Let us not allow the Covid to continue doing us so much damage for the loss of prestige to vaccination, “he remarked.
The vision of the medical community
On the other hand, infectious disease doctors agreed on the need to use “clear and close messages to adolescents and young adults” that reinforce the idea that “crowds in the open and without a mask have the common denominator of risk” of contagion of coronavirus, when analyzing the festivities in squares and parks during the early morning of January 1 that brought together thousands of people.
Eduardo López, head of the Medicine department of the Ricardo Gutiérrez Children’s Hospital, and Angela Gentile, head of the Epidemiology area of the same health center, both from the Committee of experts that advises the Ministry of Health on strategies against Covid-19 , spoke with Télam about the increase in cases in the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires (AMBA) and the rest of the country.
“The message to the adolescent and young adult must be clear, close and with a more related vocabulary; we must work a lot on citizen responsibility and solidarity, which should pre-exist this pandemic,” agreed Gentile and López.
The doctor remarked that communication regarding awareness and care to avoid infections “has to be focused, there cannot be a message that serves the entire population.”
At the international level, new restrictions were declared in countries in Europe, Asia and Oceania, in an attempt to mitigate the unbridled advance of the new coronavirus pandemic, whose successive waves have already caused more than 84.3 million cases and more than 1 , 82 million dead in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.
In the European continent, the region hardest hit by the outbreak with more than 577,400 deaths and 26.7 million infected, France started the new year with new limitations in the face of worrying epidemiological figures, with almost 20,000 daily cases registered in the last days.
The current curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in force in the country since mid-December, was extended in 15 of the 96 departments of the French territory, where it will take effect from 6:00 p.m.
The decision reaches the east of the country, the “most affected” by the pandemic, according to the Minister of Health, Olivier Véran, in an interview with France 2.