Apr 4, 2021 - World

Argentina's president tests positive for COVID after vaccination

President Alberto Fernandez (L) gives his annual speech during the opening session of the 139th period of the Argentine Congress on March 01, 2021 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

President Alberto Fernández during the opening session of the 139th period of the Argentine Congress on March 1 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo: Natacha Pisarenko - Pool/Getty Images

Argentina's President Alberto Fernández announced Saturday that he's tested positive for COVID-19.

Of note: Fernández received his first dose of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine on Jan. 21 and the second on Feb. 11, per the Wall Street Journal.

  • The president's doctor, Federico Saavedra said in a statement released to news outlets, "The clinical picture is mild due in large part to the protective effect of the vaccine received."

For the record: Argentina became last December the joint-first country outside of Russia to begin vaccinating people with the Sputnik V vaccine.

  • Peer-reviewed analysis of a large clinical trial published last February found the vaccine demonstrated nearly 92% efficacy against symptomatic cases of COVID-19.
  • Two studies published last month found fully vaccinated people can still contract the virus, though it's pretty rare.

By the numbers: Argentina health officials have administered single coronavirus vaccine doses to about 7% of the population of 45 million and 1.5% received both shots, per the WSJ.

The big picture: COVID-19 cases are increasing in Argentina, which reported has reported more than 82,100 cases in the past week, according to Johns Hopkins.

  • The Argentine government last week suspended flights from Brazil, Mexico and Chile in an attempt to prevent coronavirus variants from entering the country.
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