11/24/2020 1:24 PM
Updated 11/24/2020 1:24 PM
Alberto Fernández will
head this afternoon the meeting of the Vaccination Committee, the space that will be in charge of putting together the logistics and distribution of vaccines to combat the coronavirus.
The meeting will be held this Tuesday at 3.30 pm in the Eva Perón Room of the Government House.
In addition to the President, several officials will be involved in the operation.
They will be the Chief of Cabinet, Santiago Cafiero;
the Minister of Health, Ginés González García;
the Minister of Defense, Agustín Rossi;
the Minister of the Interior, Eduardo de Pedro;
and the Minister of Security, Sabina Frederic.
Each area will provide
structure so that the vaccine can reach the entire country.
The plan will include the federal forces in charge of Frederic: the National Gendarmerie, the Prefecture, the Federal Police and the Airport Security Police.
Also the Army, in charge of Rossi, will be part of the logistics and distribution structure.
Defense began to focus on the reconditioning of military aircraft for the transfer of each of the vaccines, taking into account the different temperatures that they will require.
The Russian, for example, needs to stay at 80 degrees below zero.
Another point that they will evaluate is
the number of people who will have to work on vaccination and the training that they will have to receive
They estimate that hospitals, public institutions, schools will be used and they do not rule out football stadiums.
The objective of the Vaccination Committee is to
design and plan the logistics required for the distribution and application of the Covid-19 vaccines
that the Government hopes to have in the coming months.
A few weeks ago, the Government announced that it was negotiating with Russia the delivery of Sputnik vaccines.
It would be about 25 million doses, according to what they said in the ruling party, but they will depend on it being effective.
It also negotiates with the AstraZeneca laboratory that is associated with the University of Oxford and with Pfizer.
Argentina is part of COVAX, the Mechanism for Global Access to Vaccines against COVID-19, which is headed by the Coalition for Innovations in Preparedness for Epidemics (CEPI);
the Alliance for Vaccines (GAVI) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
COVAX includes almost 200 countries interested in all the candidate vaccines supported by CEPI.
In doing so, the country is holding procurement talks with other COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers.
There are strong expectations in government for vaccines.
Last week, the Minister of Science and Technology, Roberto Salvarezza, spoke about the possible dates in which the vaccination could start "In recent weeks we had excellent news with vaccines. We would be in a position to start vaccinating in January. We could have 23% of the population vaccinated by the end of February, "he said in a radio interview.