Another 187 people died and 14,402 were reported with coronavirus in the last 72 hours in Argentina, while President Alberto Fernández and the governors of all provinces agreed that the national vaccination campaign will formally begin next Tuesday.
During the meeting, which was held by videoconference, the provincial leaders congratulated the President for his efforts to obtain the doses of the Sputnik V vaccine and promised to be immunized.
The Strategic Vaccination Plan will seek to cover some 24 million Argentines of the prioritized target population, in a free, equitable and equal manner; at the same time it will be carried out in stages and will be voluntary.
Thus it is clear from the official report that analyzed the President and the governors in a virtual meeting that the president led from the residence of Olivos.
Meanwhile, with the official figures reported this Saturday, which include the last three days because there was no report on December 24 and 25, the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic rose to 42,501, while the infected total 1,578 .267, of which 1,402,227 have already been discharged.
The Ministry of Health indicated that 3,262 are interned in intensive care units, with a percentage of occupancy of adult beds of 52.4% in the country and 55.8% in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area.
For its part, the Chief of Cabinet, Santiago Cafiero, stated that “the vast majority of Argentines were happy” with the arrival in the country of the Sputnik V vaccine and asked society to “pull everyone forward without pettiness to get out” of the situation generated by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The vast majority of Argentines were happy when the vaccine arrived and that is important because it represents the hope and expectation of being able to see that the page will be turned when the vaccination campaign is made meat and is already throughout the territory federal, “Cafiero said in statements to Radio 10.
In this context, he pointed out that “it is clear and it is becoming more and more evident that no one is saved alone and less in this pandemic”, for which he remarked: “We need everyone without pettiness, pulling forward to be able to get out of this “pandemic.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Nation, Roberto Salvarezza, said that completing the vaccination plan against the coronavirus will take “a large part” of next year, and confirmed that “between now and March there will be 10 million people vaccinated “in the country.
“From now to March there will be 10 million people vaccinated, as we have considered the guidelines when taking into account that the planned stages were being fulfilled,” Salvarezza said in radio statements.
Along these lines, he specified that “Argentina has about 45 million inhabitants, of which a quarter are under 14 years of age,” who a priori would not need immunization. “This leads to a horizon of 28 to 30 million who will receive vaccines,” he explained.
For his part, the Minister of Defense, Agustín Rossi, reported that at this time the fractioning of the 300,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine is being carried out to send to each province, and announced that military regiments in San Juan, La Rioja and Tierra del Fuego will function as vaccination centers.
“Now these first 300,000 doses are being divided to send each batch to the different provinces, destined for health personnel, and within that group, those who have more direct contact with the virus will be prioritized,” Rossi said in radio statements.
In this context, he commented that, “after the vaccination drills that have been carried out in different parts of the country, we have calculated that between 8 and 12 minutes it will take the application of the vaccine to each citizen.”
At the international level, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia started vaccination against coronavirus and they anticipated the rest of the European Union (EU) countries that have already received the drugs developed by Pfizer / BioNTech and will begin this Sunday with the inoculation campaign due to the advance of the new strain detected in the United Kingdom.
Edith Kwoizalla, a 101-year-old woman living in a nursing home, became one of the first people in Germany to be immunized against Covid-19, the Deutsche Welle broadcasting service reported.
“For us, every day counts,” said Immo Kramer, head of a vaccination center in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, justifying the start of the campaign a day before it was officially launched at the national level.
Hungary also began with immunization, in clear disobedience to the intention of the EU to initiate it this Sunday simultaneously in its member states and give a message of unity in the face of the pandemic.
The same did Slovakia, where the first to receive the vaccine was Vladimir Krcmery, a member of the commission created by the Government to combat the coronavirus crisis.
The first doses of the immunizer from the US laboratory Pfizer and the German BioNTech reached hospitals and warehouses in France, Spain and Italy, the AFP news agency reported.
According to the EU recommendations, during the first phase, health workers and the elderly will be immunized, although each nation will establish its priorities.