In the early hours of today, the first doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine left for all the country’s provinces, which from Tuesday will be able to begin receiving health workers most exposed to the risk of contagion. The announcement was made by President Alberto Fernández this Saturday afternoon in a virtual meeting with governors of the 24 jurisdictions, who will receive the first 300,000 doses “in a proportional and equitable manner” to begin applying them simultaneously throughout the country. “The idea is that when autumn comes we will have the highest number of people at risk vaccinated, that is my goal. Meanwhile, take care of ourselves and that our compatriots understand that the risk is latent and that we must avoid crowds like those of the last few days, ”said the Head of State from the Olivos Residence.
The meeting by videoconference was attended by the Minister of Health, Ginés González García, and the secretary of that portfolio, Carla Vizzoti, who led the delegation that brought the first shipment from the Russian Federation. Also the Minister of the Interior, Wado de Pedro, and the Secretary General of the Presidency, Julio Vitobello. Present on the screens were the head of the Buenos Aires government, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, and all the country’s leaders except Mariano Arcioni, from Chubut, who was replaced by his vice Ricardo Sastre.
Fernández said that the refrigerated trucks with the vaccines will leave at dawn and that tomorrow they will arrive by that route to all the provinces except Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego, where they will arrive by airplanes. González García highlighted that the vaccination campaign will be carried out in coordination with the provincial leaders and with federal criteria, and that it will begin with health personnel with specific risk, such as intensive care doctors and nurses, guards and ambulances.
The governors of different political signs congratulated the head of state for the successful management to advance in immunization before the end of the year. “We did a feat, we received the year with the vaccine in hand,” celebrated Axel Kicillof from Buenos Aires. His province, the most populated in the country, will receive 123,000 doses in this first stage. Jujuy Gerardo Morales stated that “people have the expectation that this will be resolved definitively” and asked that “we continue working as a single team.” Juan Schiaretti, from Cordoba, who will receive 23,100 doses, said that in a survey of medical personnel in his province, 98 percent responded that they hope to get the vaccine. They also expressed congratulations Omar Perotti from Santa Fe, who will receive 24,100 vaccines, and Alberto Rodríguez Saa from San Luis. “Everything will be fine. Argentine Force ”, he harangued. Alicia Kirchner, from Santa Cruz, promised to “work with everything” and remarked that “this is just beginning.”
The President highlighted the amount of doses that are being distributed and celebrated that “we had an enormous possibility of access as no one in the world of the periphery has accessed.” “We must continue working closely together because the only concern we have to have is to guarantee the health of Argentines, and in that we do not have a political party,” he emphasized.
The government had anticipated on Friday that the distribution will be made “in a proportionate and equitable manner” based on “a quotient based on the number of doctors and health centers authorized.” In addition to the aforementioned provinces, the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, 11,500 Tucumán, 11,000 Mendoza, 10,100 Entre Ríos, 8,300 Salta, 7,700 Chaco, 6,700 Corrientes, 5,900 Santiago del Estero, 5,200 Misiones, 4,700 San Juan, 4,600 Jujuy, will receive 23,100 doses, 4,400 Río Negro, 3,600 Neuquén, 3,400 Formosa, 3,300 San Luis, 3,000 Chubut, 2,800 Catamarca, 2,600 La Rioja, 2,400 Santa Cruz, 2,300 La Pampa and 1,300 Tierra del Fuego. “They are vaccines that the National State bought and they are free for all provinces. We have to vindicate who we are ”, highlighted yesterday the chief of staff Santiago Cafiero.
In the virtual meeting with the President, the governors of Catamarca, Raúl Jalil; from Chaco, Jorge Capitanich; from Corrientes, Gustavo Valdés; from Entre Ríos, Gustavo Bordet; from Formosa, Gildo Insfrán; from La Pampa, Sergio Ziliotto; and from La Rioja, Ricardo Quintela. Also attending are the leaders of Mendoza, Rodolfo Suárez; from Misiones, Oscar Herrera Ahuad; from Neuquén, Omar Gutiérrez; from Río Negro, Arabela Carreras; from Salta, Gustavo Sáenz; from San Juan, Sergio Uñac; from Santiago del Estero, Gerardo Zamora; from Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands, Gustavo Melella and from Tucumán, Juan Manzur.