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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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Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

  1. Health: Fauci: "Confident" Omicron cases will peak in February.
  2. Vaccines: The shifting definition of fully vaccinated.
  3. Politics: New York Supreme Court strikes down Gov. Hochul's mask mandate for public areas — Sarah Palin tests positive for COVID, delaying defamation trial — Virginia school boards sue Gov. Youngkin for lifting mask mandate.
  4. World: U.K. to lift travel testing requirement for fully vaccinated — Beijing Olympic Committee lowers testing threshold ahead of Games.
  5. Variant tracker

Updated CDC guidance says vaccinated people are free to travel

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

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.

Retail stock traders power stunning comeback after deep selloff

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

Stocks staged a Patrick Mahomes-esque comeback Monday, after plunging for the first few hours of trading.

Why it matters: The remarkable recovery suggests that retail traders who upended markets over the last year — most notably during the GameStop bonanza that occurred almost exactly a year ago — continue to be powerful influence in the markets.

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