President Alberto Fernández expressed confidence on Friday that new shipments of Covid-19 vaccine doses will arrive later in the month, offering what would be a timely boost for Argentina’s stuttering vaccination campaign.
Speaking in a radio interview, the Peronist leader hinted that “sufficient vaccines” would arrive in “the middle of April.” He did not, however, provide a specific date for their arrival, nor details as to the number or make of the doses.
"Sufficient vaccines are arriving in the middle of April to accelerate the vaccination rate, to continue vaccinating, which is what matters most to me," said Fernández.
In a nod to his own recent diagnosis, the president said that, for those vaccinated, Covid-19 was “a bearable disease for adults and does not end people's lives."
"I am the best example of that," he said. The head of state has received two doses of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine.
"Vaccines will continue to arrive from Russia and it is assumed, according to schedule, that two million Chinese doses of Sinopharm will arrive," said Fernández.
Taking questions as to his own health
Addressing his own health directly, the president said he was well. “I feel good, transiting this virus without any symptoms, fever, cough or muscle fatigue. I feel good, thank God. The antibodies generated by the vaccine were very helpful."
"There is no doubt that the vaccine has allowed me to take this contagion in a very mild way and without any symptoms. I am very grateful to the vaccine," he remarked.