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  • Updated: Apr 05, 2021

COVID-19: Argentina President Alberto Fernandez Tests Positive After Vaccination

COVID-19: Argentina President Alberto Fernandez Tests Positi

Argentina President Alberto Fernandez has tested positive for the coronavirus a little over two months after taking the vaccine.

Fernandez took the Russian-made Sputnik V and in a series of tweets on Friday (his birthday), said that he had a fever and slight headache, prompting him to undergo a COVID-19 test.

He said, "I'm already isolated, complying with the current protocol and following the instructions of my personal doctor. I have contacted the people I met in the last 48 hours to assess whether they constitute close contact."

President Alberto FernandezPresident Alberto Fernandez

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President Fernandez's COVID-19 diagnosis was confirmed by antigen and PCR tests during the weekend, as revealed by his medical team. His health reportedly remains stable and asymptomatic, with parameters within normal ranges.

Argentina was the first Latin American nation to distribute the Sputnik V vaccine in late December with the purchase of about 25 million doses. Fernandez got his first dose of the vaccine on January 21, and his second in February, according to a press officer at the Presidential Casa Rosada.

Sputnik V is said to be 91.6 percent against infection and 100 percent effective against severe cases. Argentina has reported 52,286 cases of the virus, with 1,234 deaths.

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