President Alberto Fernández met virtually this Saturday with the governors of the entire country to finish defining the vaccination campaign in each of the 24 jurisdictions after the arrival in Argentina of the first doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.
The meeting was the starting point to begin the inoculation process at the national level, described as an “epic” by President Fernández, since it will reach every corner of the 2.78 million km² of surface that Argentina has.
The 300 thousand doses of the Sputnik V vaccine They arrived in Ezeiza on Thursday aboard the Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus 330-200 from Moscow. The doses were packed in special containers provided by the logistics company DHL, which keep the material throughout the trip at a temperature of minus 18 degrees. A total of 56 ThermoContainers were treated, which were placed on 8 pallets in the aircraft’s hold, totaling a weight of 9,408 kilos.
As confirmed by the Ministry of Health, the 300 thousand doses were not packed at the International Airport, but were distributed directly to the provinces, according to a quotient based on the number of doctors and authorized health centers, since the priority is on health personnel, who will be the first to receive the first dose of immunity. Both the health personnel of the City of Buenos Aires and those of the province of Buenos Aires directly withdrew the doses. The other jurisdictions received in an agreed storage point, to arrive within 24 hours to the capitals and capital cities of the interior.
According to official sources, the province of Buenos will be the one that receives the highest number of doses, 41% of the total, that is, about 123,000 vaccines in this first round. The rest of the vaccines, in descending order, will arrive in Santa Fe (24,100), CABA (23,100), Córdoba (21,900), Tucumán (11,500), Mendoza (11,000), Entre Ríos (10,100), Salta (8,300), Chaco (7,700), Corrientes (6,700), Santiago del Estero (5,900), Misiones (5,200), San Juan (4,700), Jujuy (4,600), Río Negro (4,400), Neuquén (3,600), Formosa (3,400), San Luis (3,300), Chubut (3.00), Catamarca (2,800), La Rioja (2,600), Santa Cruz (2,400), La Pampa (2,300) and Tierra del Fuego (1,300).
The vaccine will be provided by the National State and the application will be in stages, free, voluntary and independent of the history of having suffered from coronavirus, clarified the portfolio led by Ginés González García. And he specified that “it will be for all those who make up the defined objective population, regardless of health coverage.”
The vaccination plan will have 116 thousand members of the vaccination teams, including vaccinators and support personnel, and 7,749 health establishments equipped to vaccinate, in addition to 10 thousand volunteers who will be added through the Activate Program. The registration process that citizens must follow in order to receive the application of the vaccine begins with the validation of identity and priority with DNI. The data is then uploaded to the digital records with the national system, which, according to the government, “allows nominalized monitoring of vaccinated people in real time.”
Once the first dose has been applied, a vaccination card is issued with a reminder for the application of the 2nd dose, and possible adverse events are monitored. In addition to the 300,000 doses that were delivered this week, another 5 million will arrive in January and 14,700,000 in February, with an option to expand by 5 million more.
Several governors expressed their satisfaction and expectation for the arrival in the country of the first 300,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, which marks the beginning of the immunization operation that will be carried out throughout the country starting next week.
Since Neuquén, Governor Omar Gutiérrez He expressed his expectation that “from Monday” the first doses of the Sputnik V vaccine will arrive in his province, to start the immunization campaign against the coronavirus. Through his Twitter account, the Patagonian president indicated that “this time, health teams will be a priority, who are facing the pandemic in intensive care, COVID hospitalization, guards, SIEN (Integrated Emergency System of Neuquén) personnel , laboratories and those who manipulate the PCR ”. “Ten months ago we have been making a great effort to defeat the coronavirus. There is very little left to begin the vaccination campaign and the first big step will be its application to those who are carrying out the most difficult part, our teams from the provincial health system, ”Gutiérrez concluded.
The governor of Jujuy, Gerardo Morales, for his part, said that the province is already “ready” and waiting for the meeting with the President to finish defining the start of the vaccination schedule. In that sense, he confirmed that The doses that will arrive during the weekend will be stored in the main field hospital in the capital of Jujuy, which already has all the necessary equipment, as announced by the president in the framework of a press conference. “The strategy of the national government was to seek agreements with as many laboratories as possible, with vaccines that completed the third phase and all have a high degree of effectiveness,” said the Governor.
The governor of the province of Entre Ríos, Gustavo Bordet, He also said on Twitter that “the arrival of the Sputnik V vaccine opens up a space of hope in the face of the pain caused by the pandemic.” He also congratulated President Fernández, the Minister of Health, Ginés González García and “the entire national Cabinet for this great achievement.” “With work, union and solidarity we are going to rebuild Argentina,” concluded Bordet, which will be part of the meeting that the Head of State will hold in the afternoon virtually with the leaders of each of the 24 jurisdictions of the country.
Since Black river, the provincial reference for Immunizations Marcela González explained that the total population to be vaccinated in the province is 210,000 people, but he clarified that “for the moment it will only reach emergent health personnel: therapy workers and laboratory workers who process PCR”, in line with the rest of the jurisdictions.
The lieutenant governor Verónica Magario He also highlighted in his social networks that “the pandemic did not end and that is why we continue to reinforce all care“And added that” the 300,000 Sputnik V vaccines will allow us to begin the immunization process of our society and implement a free and voluntary vaccination plan for essential personnel. “
The National Administration of Drugs, Food and Medical Technology (Anmat) published a technical report that certifies the approval of the Sputnik V vaccine in the country, in which it highlights that the vaccine has greater efficacy than expected and that its effectiveness does not vary according to age range. He announced that the entity received all the enabling information on the vaccine, which “shows safety and efficacy in a range greater than acceptable.”
In Formosa, meanwhile, the infectious disease doctor, Julian Bibolini, confirmed that the shipment of the Sputnik V vaccine “is scheduled to arrive next week” to the province, and affirmed that distribution to the provinces is the responsibility of the national government, and said it will be by land.
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