Argentina President Tests Positive for COVID-19 Despite Being Immunized Against the Disease
Argentina President Alberto Fernández tested positive for COVID-19 despite receiving his vaccine against the notorious disease earlier the year. The announcement was made by the President himself on his Twitter account late Friday. Despite the diagnosis, Fernandez noted that he is in good spirits.
The President's tweet translates that he had a fever with a temperature of 37.3 with a slight headache. Fernández also emphasized that he has undergone an antigen test that confirmed he is positive for the notorious disease.
Argentina President and COVID
A statement from the Argentine president's doctor, Federico Saavedra, emphasized that the diagnosis of COVID-19 infection is confirmed, according to a Reuters report. Despite his diagnosis, Fernandez remained on the job.
"The clinical picture is mild due in large part to the protective effect of the vaccine received," said Saavedra in a statement. Argentina President Fernández was administered with Sputnik V vaccine earlier in the year to immunize him against the notorious disease, according to a report from New York Post.
Para información de todos y todas me encuentro físicamente bien y, aunque hubiera querido terminar el día de mi cumpleaños sin esta noticia, también me encuentro bien de ánimo. Agradezco desde el alma las muchas muestras de afecto que hoy me han brindado recordando mi nacimiento.— Alberto Fernández (@alferdez) April 3, 2021
"For everyone's information I am physically well," said Fernández in his tweet, adding that he is in good spirits. The Argentine president also expresses his gratitude to those who have given him affection as he celebrates his birthday amid his diagnosis of COVID-19.
Argentina was the third country to authorize the Sputnik V vaccine after Russia and Belarus, according to a report from Al Jazeera. Argentina has begun its vaccine rollout using the Sputnik V vaccine doses in late December.
Gimaleya Institute from Russia has issued an open statement addressed to the Argentina president reassuring that their vaccine is 91.6 percent effective against infection. Moreover, the institute also noted that it is 100 percent effective against severe coronavirus. Gimaleya Institute is the developer of the Sputnik V vaccine.
"If the infection indeed confirmed and occurs, the vaccination ensures quick recovery," said Gimaleya Institute in a statement. The institute also ensured that there will be no severe symptoms while wishing the president his quick recovery.
Argentina and COVID-19
The World Health Organization (WHO) has recorded 2,363,251 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Argentina from January 3, 2020, up to April 3, 2021. Meanwhile, 55,941 deaths have been associated with COVID-19 in the same time frame. As of March 25, 2021, the organization has recorded about 3,365,839 administered vaccine doses in the country. Argentina has been on a lockdown with varying degrees for more than a year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Argentine government, on the other hand, highlighted that their vaccine rollout has been prioritizing the elderly and healthcare workers. In other news, many Argentinians protested on the streets after reports regarding people using their connection to be immunized even though they are still not eligible. The allegations led to the resignation of the country's former health minister in February.
Debemos estar muy atentos. Les pido a todos y todas que se preserven siguiendo las recomendaciones vigentes. Es evidente que la pandemia no pasó y debemos seguir cuidándonos https://t.co/pHDETeRkop— Alberto Fernández (@alferdez) April 3, 2021
Meanwhile, the Argentina president urged the people in his tweet to be vigilant against COVID-19. "It is clear that the pandemic did not pass," said Fernández in his tweet. The President added that the people must "continue to take care" of themselves.
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