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Argentina’s President Exams Optimistic for Coronavirus Regardless of Vaccination

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BUENOS AIRES — President Alberto Fernández of Argentina examined constructive for Covid-19 on Saturday and was experiencing gentle signs regardless of having been vaccinated earlier this 12 months, changing into the newest in a collection of world leaders who’ve contracted the virus.

In a collection of tweets despatched early Saturday, Mr. Fernández mentioned a “gentle headache” and a temperature of 99.1 levels had prompted him to take a fast antigen take a look at. Its constructive discovering was confirmed later Saturday by a extra rigorous P.C.R. take a look at, mentioned Dr. Federico Saavedra, the president’s doctor.

Mr. Fernández’s signs have been “gentle due largely to the protecting impact of the vaccine,” Dr. Saavedra mentioned.

The president, who first realized the preliminary outcome on Friday, his 62nd birthday, mentioned he would stay in isolation. “I’m bodily nicely, and though I might have preferred to finish my birthday with out this information, I’m additionally in good spirits,” the president wrote on Twitter.

Phrase of Mr. Fernández’s take a look at outcomes comes shortly after Argentina tightened its borders amid an upsurge of Covid-19 infections. A number of neighboring international locations, notably Brazil, are experiencing a pointy improve in instances as new, extra contagious variants of the virus engulf the area. Argentina just lately canceled all direct flights with Brazil, Chile and Mexico in an effort to dam the brand new strains.

Argentina was the primary nation in Latin America to approve the usage of the Sputnik V vaccine, in late December, however mass inoculations are taking longer than the federal government had initially predicted amid a world scarcity of the vaccine. The nation has additionally been administering China’s Sinopharm vaccine and Covishield, the Indian model of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Of the nation’s 45 million individuals, 683,771 have obtained two vaccine doses, and there have been 4.18 million doses injected over all.

Argentina mentioned on March 26 that it will delay making use of the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for 3 months in an effort to make sure as many individuals as attainable get at the least one dose. The nation has reported practically 2.4 million Covid-19 infections and greater than 56,000 deaths.



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