The first 300,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine arrived in Buenos Aires on Thursday on an Aerolineas Argentinas flight from Russia to be distributed soon throughout the country as part of the vaccination campaign against the new coronavirus.
The plane that loads eight tons of the vaccine, the first against COVID-19 to be applied in Argentina, landed around 10:30 in the morning at the Ezeiza international airport, on the outskirts of the capital.
The vaccines will be unloaded on the track and transported in a truck refrigerated at 18 degrees Celsius (64 Fahrenheit) to a warehouse.
Argentine President Alberto Fernández said days ago, when he announced that the government had signed a contract with Russia to acquire the vaccine, that some 300,000 people will be inoculated before the end of the year and 10 million between January and February.
The doses will have a delivery period of 12 hours for the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires and 24 hours for provincial capitals in the rest of the country and will be destined for health personnel.
The Argentine Ministry of Health approved on Wednesday the emergency use of the Russian vaccine, while the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology did the same a day earlier with the Pfizer vaccine, amid the government’s attempts to unlock its acquisition from the North American pharmaceutical company.
Argentina exceeds 42,000 deaths and more than 1.5 million infected.
Infections have increased in recent days in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires, in what authorities fear that it will become a second wave of the virus.