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World COVID-19 in Argentina: A shortage of vaccines threatens second injections

12:40  04 may  2021
12:40  04 may  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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L’Argentine a du mal à se faire livrer les vaccins qu’elle a achetés. L’Inde, nouvel épicentre de la pandémie, n’a pas pu livrer en mars la deuxième partie des 1 160 000 doses du vaccin Covishield commandées. Des milliers d’Argentins ayant reçu la première dose de ce sérum ne savent donc pas s’ils pourront recevoir la seconde. © Tauseef Mustafa AFP Argentina has difficulty being delivered the vaccines it has purchased. India, new epicenter of the pandemic, could not deliver in March the second part of the 1,160,000 doses of the Cobishield vaccine ordered. Thousands of Argentines who received the first dose of this serum do not know if they can receive the second.

Argentina, which has just passed the symbolic bar of the three million cases of Covid-19, also has difficulty being delivered the vaccines it has bought. India, new epicenter of the pandemic, could not deliver in March the second part of the 1,160,000 doses of the Cobishield vaccine ordered. Result: Thousands of Argentines who received the first dose of this serum do not know if they can receive the second.

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Sylvia Baschuk is 74 years old. She lives in Villa Ventana, in the province of Buenos Aires. On March 1st, this doctor and her husband received their first dose of the Vaccine Cobishield : "We had an appointment on March 29 to receive the second dose, but we no longer have any news.

No news, because India, which produces the Covishield vaccine, suspended deliveries. However, the maximum period of twelve weeks between the two injections will eventually arrive at the end of May for the vast majority of some 500,000 Argentines who received a dose of this vaccine. "I feel blurred, worried, angry, but especially blushed," says Sylvia Baschuk.

Losing the benefits of the first Injection

Constanza Flores Vidal is all the more worried that it is his 80-year-old mother, who has heavy medical history, who could lose the benefits of his first injection: "yesterday. Yesterday Just my mother was worried and asked me, "When will it end? I am losing the little time that stays me! " She does not see us a lot, she can not see her children or grandchildren. She can not have a normal life of an 80-year-old lady, and we are all very anxious.

People who received a CovisciLed injection may optionally complete with a dose of Astrazeneca, which has the same formula. But to date, Argentina has not received any 22 million doses purchased from the Swedo-British group.

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