Moscow (Associated Press)-President Vladimir Putin called the President of Argentina on Monday, and despite receiving a Russian vaccine, he tested positive for COVID-19.
The Kremlin said in the conference call that Argentine President Alberto Fernandez told Putin that he had only mild symptoms due to the Sputnik V vaccine. The Kremlin statement said that Fernandez thanked Russia for its assistance in the fight against the coronavirus and expressed interest in obtaining more Russian vaccine supplies.
Putin congratulated Fernández, who was 62 years old on his birthday on Friday, and wished him a speedy recovery.
In a tweet on Saturday, Fernandez said he had a headache and a fever of 37.3 degrees Celsius (99.1
The President of Argentina received a dose of Sputnik V on January 21, and a second dose a few days later.
Russia’s Gamaleya Institute, which produces the vaccine, tweeted that it hopes the president will recover as soon as possible, saying that the vaccine has an effective rate of 91.6% against infections and 100% against severe cases.
According to national health statistics, more than 650,000 people in Argentina have received regular vaccination injections, and it was only more than 14 days after the last injection that about 1,000 of them were found to be infected.
Although it has been proven that they can significantly reduce the infection rate and its severity, no vaccine against the new coronavirus can completely eliminate the infection.
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