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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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Updated Jun 11, 2021 - Politics & Policy

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: Emergency room visits of all kinds dropped amid the pandemic.
  2. Vaccines: FDA clears 10 million J&J vaccine doses from contaminated Baltimore plant — Moderna asks FDA to expand COVID-19 vaccine authorization to adolescents.
  3. Cities: Seattle becomes first major city to get 70% fully vaccinated.
  4. Work: Goldman Sachs requires U.S. employees to report vaccination status.
  5. Politics: U.S. to buy 500 million Pfizer doses to share with the world — State Department eases travel advisories for dozens of countries.
  6. World: G7 commits to sending 1 billion COVID vaccine doses to lower-income countries — BioNTech plans to expand mRNA vaccine production into Africa 2021 already has a higher global coronavirus death toll than 2020.
  7. 🎧 Podcast: Back to normal without herd immunity.
  8. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.

Updated CDC guidance says vaccinated people are free to travel

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Fully vaccinated people can travel domestically and internationally without having to show a negative COVID-19 test or quarantining, but are still recommended to wear a mask and follow public health precautions, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Why it matters: It's a major incentive for Americans to get vaccinated that will also provide a boost to the U.S. travel industry, which has been financially hammered by the pandemic over the past year.

Teachers across the U.S. protest laws restricting racism lessons

Thousands of teachers and other educators held protests across the U.S. Saturday against the actions of "at least 15 Republican-led states" that aim to restrict teaching about racism in class, the Washington Post reports.

Driving the news: There were demonstrations in at least 22 cities for the "Day of Action" to raise awareness about moves to limit students' exposure to critical race theory, which links racial discrimination to the nation's foundations and legal system, per Axios' Russell Contreras.

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