Belarus and Argentina Begin COVID-19 Vaccination Programs with Russian Sputnik V Vaccine

Belarus and Argentina started their COVID-19 vaccination programs on Dec. 29 using the Sputnik V vaccine developed by Russia.

Belarus and Argentina started their COVID-19 vaccination programs on Dec. 29 using the Sputnik V vaccine developed by Russia.

“A new stage starts in Belarus today with mass vaccinations against COVID-19. Medical staff, teachers, and those who come into contact a lot of people due to their jobs will be the first to get vaccinated. Vaccination will be entirely voluntary,” Belarus Health Minister Dmitry Pinevich said in a joint statement issued by the health ministries of Belarus and Russia as Belarus almost immediately began the program after the first batch arrived on Dec. 29

Similarly, Argentina began its own vaccination program as it received 300,000 doses, which are all free and voluntary, according to officials.

Healthcare workers in Argentina were the first to receive the vaccine, to be followed by teachers, people aged 60 and above, and those with complicating health conditions.

Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez said that it was the largest vaccination program in the modern history of the South American country.

Belarus and Argentina became the first countries outside of Russia to administer the Sputnik V vaccine, which was criticized for how quickly it received regulatory approval in August after being tested to only a few dozen people.

Belarus gave the vaccine regulatory approval after conducting its own trial with 100 volunteers last Dec. 21, two days before Argentina gave its own approval.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Belarus has recorded 188,588 COVID-19 cases while Argentina has recorded 1,590,513 cases.


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