Buenos Aires Province Governor Axel Kicillof on Friday announced a "gradual" return to classroom schooling as from Wednesday as part of the new phase of restrictions running until June 25, as well as an agreement with China’s CanSino lab for five million vaccines against Covid-19 to be distributed nationwide (following on the 10 million doses from India’s Bharat Biotech announced the previous Friday).
The governor told a press conference in the provincial capital of La Plata that while the contagion curve had still not reached "desirable levels," the improvement of "some indicators" permitted a return to classrooms, always depending on the epidemiological data and adherence to strict protocols.
Right at the end of the press conference, Kicillof was able to announce the approval of the CanSino vaccine by ANMAT (Argentina’s equivalent of the Food & Drug Administration in the United States) after earlier admitting that this approval is still pending (also true for the Indian vaccine).
"It’s a vaccine with a single dose like Johnson & Johnson, 68.8 percent effective against contagion and 95.5 percent effective against serious illness. It will be distributed nationwide, not just for use in the province of Buenos Aires," detailed the governor.
Having announced the previous Friday that all citizens aged over 70 could be vaccinated on demand without appointment upon proving their age, Kicillof yesterday announced that the same benefit applied to everybody aged 60 as from today. Almost five million people in his province had been vaccinated, he said.
The governor said that the nine days of strict measures had proved highly successful but "the pandemic is far from over" with high percentages of intensive care bed occupancy.