Argentina’s President tests positive for Covid-19 after vaccine

Argentina's President tests positive for Covid-19 after vaccine
Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez speaks to supporters in Buenos Aires on December 10, 2019. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: He said he would take the coronavirus vaccine first, as a role model for the rest of Argentina. But two months after receiving the Russian-made Covid-19 vaccineSputnik V, Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández has tested positive for the disease.

In a series of tweets posted Friday evening — his birthday — Mr Fernández said a fever and slight headache had prompted him to get tested.

He wrote: “I’m already isolated, complying with the current protocol and following the instructions of my personal doctor.

He said he had contacted the people he met in the last 48 hours to assess whether they constitute close contact.

According to Fernández’s medical team, an antigen test followed by a PCR test confirmed his Covid-19 diagnosis this weekend.

The Argentine president’s health remains “stable, asymptomatic, with parameters within normal ranges.”

Argentina became the first Latin American country to distribute the Russian made Sputnik V vaccine in late December, with the purchase of up to 25 million doses.

The president received his first dose of that vaccine on January 21, and his second in February, a press officer at the Presidential Casa Rosada said.

It is possible to get infected and test positive for coronavirus after getting Covid-19 vaccine. While vaccination reduces the likelihood of disease, especially severe cases, it is still unclear to what degree each coronavirus vaccine prevents all infections.

Russia’s Gamaleya Institute, which developed the Sputnik V vaccine, has wished Argentina’s president Fernández well and emphasized the vaccine’s high protection against severe illness.

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