Argentina’s President Tests Positive For COVID-19
Argentina President, Alberto Fernandez, has tested positive for the new COVID-19 despite having been vaccinated in January.
Fernandez, who turned 62 on Friday, had previously said on Twitter that he was in isolation under standard COVID-19 protocols after an initial test showed he had the virus. He had received Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine early this year.
“The diagnosis of COVID-19 infection is confirmed. The clinical picture is mild due in large part to the protective effect of the vaccine received,” said a statement issued by the president’s doctor, Federico Saavedra.
“I would have liked to end my birthday without this news, but I am in good spirits,” Fernandez added.
Russia’s Gamaleya Institute, which developed the Sputnik V vaccine, issued an open statement to Alberto Fernandez, saying that Sputnik V is 91.6% effective against infection and 100% effective against severe coronavirus cases.
“The vaccination ensures quick recovery without severe symptoms,” it said.