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Coronavirus: Sputnik V distribution began and provinces prepare to start vaccination tomorrow

Trucks from the Andreani logistics service transport portable refrigerators with doses of the Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (Reuters)
Trucks from the Andreani logistics service transport portable refrigerators with doses of the Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (Reuters)

The provinces began to receive the 300,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus today and the campaign to inoculate a sector of the population will begin tomorrow.

In the last hours, the last trucks with the thermo-refrigerated packages left the Avellaneda logistics center of the Andreani company to initiate, in a first stage, the vaccination in large urban agglomerates, where there is a higher proportion of confirmed cases, with sustained community transmission and the highest crude mortality rates, according to the Ministry of Health.

The governments of San Luis, Tierra del Fuego, Mendoza and Corrientes, among others, have already notified the reception of Sputnik V. In all cases, they must now be distributed to the established vaccination centers. In some cases the transfer was carried out by land, in others, Santa Cruz for example, it was made by air.

The batch of vaccines in the province of Neuquén (OmarGutierrezOk)
The batch of vaccines in the province of Neuquén (OmarGutierrezOk)

According to the strategic plan informed by the Government, and due to the “gradual availability of vaccine doses”, an order of priority was established of the population groups to be vaccinated in each of the stages based on a “bioethical framework based on the principles of equality and dignity of rights, equity, social benefit and reciprocity”.

To establish the priorities, “the risk of developing serious illness and complications from COVID-19, the probability of greater exposure to the virus, the need to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the performance of socio-economic activities and the possibility of influencing the transmission chain ”.

In Tierra del Fuego.  Sputnik V vaccines were transported by air (Tierra del Fuego)
In Tierra del Fuego. Sputnik V vaccines were transported by air (Tierra del Fuego)

Thus, in a first stage, Vaccination will be for health workers (those who perform functions in intensive care units, in Intensive Care Units) and those over 60 years of age.

In the province of Buenos Aires, which has 123,000 doses, the main focus will be on the Buenos Aires suburbs due to its population density and because it is the epicenter of the first source of infections. The Buenos Aires Ministry of Health launched a web page (https://vacunate.ms.gba.gov.ar) where those who wish to be vaccinated can now register.

"We will work with a shift system.  It is not a possible option for people to queue for the vaccine.  Especially those over 60"Kreplak said (Photo: REUTERS / Sergey Pivovarov).
“We are going to work with a shift system. It is not a possible option for people to queue for the vaccine. Especially those over 60 years old,” Kreplak said (Photo: REUTERS / Sergey Pivovarov).

“It is not a possible option for people to queue to get the vaccine. Especially those who are the population at risk”, Said yesterday the provincial vice minister of Health, Nicolas Kreplak.

“There are already 250 thousand people who have expressed their willingness to receive the vaccine. It will always be with turn and through the website. We are not yet assigning shifts, we will do so when we know the exact delivery date of the five million that will arrive in January, but we do not know if it will be January 15, 17, 19 or 20. There we will begin to assign ”, the official added.

One of the boxes that carries the doses of the Sputnik V vaccine
One of the boxes that carries the doses of the Sputnik V vaccine

Parallel, A vaccination campaign will also be implemented in the City of Buenos Aires, based on a gradual and phased plan. The 23,100 initial doses of Sputnik-V will be destined for all front-line health personnel, and will cover both the public and private sectors. “The vaccine will be available in a total of 37 hospitals, 17 of the Public Health System and 20 private or dependent on other jurisdictions,” they maintained from the Buenos Aires health portfolio.

At the national level, as reported by the health portfolio, the distribution of the Sputnik vaccine was carried out “with federal, equitable and proportional logistics.” In addition to the doses for CABA and Buenos Aires, Santa Fe will receive 24,100; Cordoba 21,900; Tucuman 11,500; Mendoza 11,000; Between Rivers 10,100; Jump 8,300; Chaco 7,700; Current 6,700; Santiago del Estero 5,900; Missions 5,200; San Juan 4,700; Jujuy 4,600; Rio Negro 4,400; Neuquen 3,600; Formosa 3,400; St. Louis 3,300; Chubut 3,000; Catamarca 2,800; La Rioja 2,600; Santa Cruz 2,400; La Pampa 2,300 and Tierra del Fuego 1,300.

The government of San Luis confirmed that after receiving its 3,300 doses of the vaccine, it will distribute them in three inoculation centers located in the cities of San Luis, Villa Mercedes and Villa de Merlo, the local health portfolio reported. Corrientes, meanwhile, will inoculate the staff of the field hospital in the provincial capital.

In Jujuy, and according to official information, the first vaccines against Covid-19 will be received at the Field Hospital located in San Salvador de Jujuy, and the first people to receive the doses will be Dr. Claudia Marcela Acosta, chief physician from the Infectology Service of the San Roque Hospital, and Dr. Gabriel Layme, from SAME.

In Santa Cruz, in turn, vaccination will be carried out for direct care personnel in critical areas in the southern part of the province, in the hospitals of Río Gallegos and El Calafate.

As indicated today Juan Pablo Saulle, logistics coordinator of the Ministry of Access to Health, in the morning report, the 300,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccines will reach the entire country “in a range of five hours”Of difference between each province, and 7 thousand kilos of dry ice was used for the transfer and conservation.

Andreani used a specially conditioned cold room at a temperature of 20 degrees below zero, according to a statement. The company, in charge of distribution throughout the country, indicated that the vaccines “were introduced in cold preservers of 60L capacity, refrigerated at a temperature below 18 degrees below zero, through a combination of eutectic plates and dry ice. ”.

“Each conservator carries a DataLogger to certify that the appropriate temperature conditions have been maintained throughout the logistics process”, was added.

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