BUENOS AIRES — President Alberto Fernández of Argentina examined optimistic for Covid-19 on Saturday and was experiencing delicate signs regardless of having been vaccinated earlier this 12 months, turning into the most recent in a collection of world leaders who’ve contracted the virus.
In a series of tweets despatched early Saturday, Mr. Fernández stated a “mild headache” and a temperature of 99.1 levels had prompted him to take a fast antigen check. Its optimistic discovering was confirmed later Saturday by a extra rigorous PCR check, stated Dr. Federico Saavedra, the president’s doctor.
Mr. Fernández’s signs have been “delicate due largely to the protecting impact of the vaccine,” Dr. Saavedra stated.
The president, who first realized the preliminary end result on Friday, his 62nd birthday, stated he would stay in isolation. “I’m bodily properly, and though I might have favored to finish my birthday with out this information, I’m additionally in good spirits,” the president wrote on Twitter.
Phrase of Mr. Fernández’s check outcomes comes shortly after Argentina tightened its borders amid an upsurge of Covid-19 infections. A number of neighboring international locations, notably Brazil, are experiencing a pointy improve in circumstances as new, extra contagious variants of the virus engulf the area. Argentina just lately canceled all direct flights with Brazil, Chile and Mexico in an effort to dam the brand new strains.
Argentina was the primary nation in Latin America to approve using the Sputnik V vaccine, in late December, however mass inoculations are taking longer than the federal government had initially predicted amid a worldwide scarcity of the vaccine. The nation has additionally been administering China’s Sinopharm vaccine and Covishield, the Indian model of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Of the nation’s 45 million individuals, 683,771 have acquired two vaccine doses, and there have been 4.18 million doses injected over all.
Argentina stated on March 26 that it could delay applying the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for 3 months in an effort to make sure as many individuals as attainable get a minimum of one dose. The nation has reported practically 2.4 million Covid-19 infections and greater than 56,000 deaths.