Argentina aims to complete COVID vaccination for children aged 3 to 11 by the end of 2021
Argentina’s Health Minister Carla Vizzotti announced that Argentina’s National Administration of Drugs, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT) has approved the use of the Chinese pharmaceutical company’s Sinopharm vaccine against COVID for children aged 3 to 11. Vizzotti further revealed that the campaign will begin before the end of this year.
On October 1, Vizzotti spoke about COVID vaccines for children at a press conference and said, “ANMAT has confirmed that we can use Sinopharm [vaccine] for children aged 3 to 11 … Argentina will end 2021 with full coverage and protection for people over the age of 3 “, as quoted ANI. According to the Ministry of Health, Argentina has between 5.5 and 6 million young people at this age.
An important milestone for COVID vaccination in Argentina
Meanwhile, according to the Buenos Aires hours website, by the weekend of September 24, Argentina had reached the milestone of 67 million doses of COVID-19 vaccination with more than three million doses of Sinopharm, arriving in three shipments. Earlier in a statement, the health ministry said a plane carrying 1,440,000 doses would land on Saturday, while two more shipments containing 1,440,000 and 192,000 doses would also arrive. The Argentine administration’s mass vaccination effort against COVID-19 has increased dramatically after a disappointing start. More than 50 million vaccines had been administered to citizens and international residents as of September 24, Friday morning.
On September 23, the government of President Alberto Fernández received an additional contribution of 842,400 units of the AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine. The delivery consisted of a sum of 7.5 million vaccines that the Spanish authorities have committed to providing to Ibero-American countries as part of the Covax program of the World Health Organization. This program is designed to ensure global and equal access to COVID vaccines.
COVID-19 scenario in Argentina
In the past 24 hours, Argentina has documented nearly 1,564 cases of COVID-19. According to the latest figures provided by the Worldometer, the total number of confirmed cases in the country is 5,258,466 while the total number of deaths is 115,225. More than 5,119,953 have been cured of the disease. Still, the average number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the past seven days is 1,374. Currently, the total number of active cases in the country is 23,288.