07/27/2021 4:59 PM
Updated 07/27/2021 17:02
Amid the announcements about the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, the Government reported
16,757 new infections
and another 249 deaths from coronavirus in Argentina on
In this way, the country reached 4,875,927 infections and 104,352 deaths from covid since the start of the pandemic.
The Ministry of Health reported that 251,653 people have the disease at this time.
The country remains the eighth nation with the highest number of covid infections since the start of the pandemic.
According to the Johns Hopkins University ranking, it is surpassed only by the United States, India, Brazil, Russia, France, the United Kingdom and Turkey.
In addition, it is one of the 11 countries that exceeded 100,000 deaths from coronavirus.
Agreement with Pfizer
The report from the Ministry headed by Carla Vizzotti was released hours after the official herself announced an agreement to purchase Pfizer vaccines.
After extensive negotiation (Pfizer's was the first with the green light from ANMAT), the Government and the laboratory signed a contract for
20 million doses
per million inhab.
per million inhab.
"Delivery will be between the final agreement and December with Pfizer," Vizzotti said.
He also highlighted that it is one of the few vaccines approved to "apply in adolescents between 12 and 17 years old."
The agreement came after 13 months of deliberations and an eventual cooling of relations, which led to strong crossings between the ruling party and the opposition.
Despite the backlash, the Government redoubled the talks with Pfizer after the delay in the delivery of the AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines. It was in this context that Alberto Fernández published a DNU to modify the Vaccine Law and enable the possibility of negotiating with laboratories in the United States.
Modern and teenagers
In addition to the agreement with Pfizer, progress was also made on Tuesday with the logistics for the vaccination of adolescents.
This was done by the Federal Health Council (COFESA), which defined the application of the available doses of Moderna in
924,000 boys in the 12 to 17-year-old group
Moderna's vaccine will serve to begin the vaccination of adolescents with comorbidities.
Groups with 18 risk factors will be considered priority, including diabetes 1 or 2, obesity grade 2 or 3, chronic respiratory disease, people with Down syndrome and patients with autoimmune diseases.
Argentina has 3.5 million doses of Moderna's vaccine, which arrived in the country through a donation from the United States.
The landing of that batch was facilitated by the agreement that the Government signed with the laboratory, for 20 million vaccines that will arrive in 2022.
Now, the Argentine Society of Pediatrics (SAP) will have to determine what factors will be privileged to specify the application to boys between 12 and 17 years old.
On the other hand, the Government announced that
"August will be the month of the second doses"
, given the danger of the Delta variant.
To that end, they explained, the AstraZeneca vaccines and the 8 million doses that the Chinese laboratory Sinopharm will send next month will be used.
They will vaccinate 924,000 boys between 12 and 17 years old with Moderna and now they announce that "August will be the month of the second doses"
Pfizer's statement after the agreement that it closed with the Government for 20 million vaccines