Alberto Fernandez, who obtained the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus jab earlier this 12 months, says he’s in ‘good spirits’.
The president of Argentina, who was vaccinated towards COVID-19 earlier this 12 months, has introduced that he examined constructive for the novel coronavirus.
Alberto Fernandez tweeted late on Friday that he had a lightweight fever, however mentioned he was in good spirits.
The president, who turned 62 on Friday, obtained a jab of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine in January.
“Though I’d have appreciated to finish my birthday with out this information, I’m additionally in good spirits,” mentioned Fernandez, who’s in isolation as a precaution.
“We have to be very vigilant. I ask everybody to handle themselves by following the present suggestions. It’s evident the pandemic didn’t go and we should proceed to handle ourselves,” Fernandez additionally mentioned on Twitter.
Argentina was the third nation on this planet to approve the Sputnik V jabs – after Russia and Belarus – and it started administering doses in late December.
The Gamaleya Institute, which developed the Russian vaccine, tweeted to Fernandez, saying that Sputnik V is 91.6 p.c efficient towards an infection and 100% efficient towards extreme coronavirus circumstances.
“If the an infection is certainly confirmed and happens, the vaccination ensures fast restoration with out extreme signs. We want you a fast restoration!” the institute said.
In an announcement in a while Saturday, the president’s physician confirmed his constructive prognosis. “The medical image is gentle due largely to the protecting impact of the vaccine obtained,” mentioned Federico Saavedra.
Argentina, which has recorded not less than 2.3 million COVID-19 circumstances and greater than 56,000 coronavirus-related deaths, in accordance with Johns Hopkins College information, was roiled by a vaccine scandal this 12 months.
Former Well being Minister Gines Gonzalez Garcia resigned in February after stories emerged that individuals have been utilizing their connections to leap the vaccination queue. Many Argentinians took to the streets in protest over what was dubbed the VIP vaccine scandal.
A number of nations throughout Latin America presently are experiencing a surge in coronavirus infections and deaths, whereas hospitals and different healthcare services in some locations are being stretched to their limits.
Final week, the top of the Pan American Well being Group (PAHO) warned that the area may see a worse spike in coronavirus infections than the one it skilled final 12 months.
“With out preventive motion, our area may face an upsurge even bigger than the final one,” Carissa Etienne advised reporters on March 31.
“So, let me be as clear as potential. My primary steering for locations experiencing surges in transmission might be summarised in two phrases: keep house.”
In Argentina, the pandemic has additionally worsened poverty charges, with official information launched final week discovering that about 12 million folks dwelling in city areas have been unable to afford primary meals or important providers within the second half of final 12 months.
The poverty price rose from 40.9 p.c to 42 p.c inside a 12 months in 31 massive cities, in accordance with information from the Nationwide Institute of Statistics, whereas more than 57 p.c of kids as much as age 14 lived in poverty.