Argentina threatens to cancel deal for Sputnik vaccine as Russia fails to deliver

argentina threatens to cancel deal for sputnik vaccine as russia fails to deliver

Sumary of Argentina threatens to cancel deal for Sputnik vaccine as Russia fails to deliver:

  • Argentina’s gamble on Sputnik V vaccine has left it in a “very critical situation” because of Russia’s failure to fulfill delivery commitments, according to an official letter to Moscow leaked on Thursday.
  • Russia owes Argentina 18.5m doses of its Sputnik V jab, over two-thirds of them vital second-component doses.
  • This compares disastrously with double-dose vaccination rates of over 60% in neighbouring Chile and Uruguay, countries that did not bet so heavily on the Russian vaccine.
  • Its low two-dose vaccination rate leaves Argentina particularly exposed to the arrival of the Delta variant.
  • Neighbouring Uruguay, meanwhile, has already approved moving to a three-dose regimen.
  • Argentina’s reliance on the Sputnik V vaccine was accentuated by a special vaccination law passed in October 2020 that effectively made it impossible for this country to import US vaccines such as Pfizer or Moderna.
  • Argentina has relied instead on a mix of Sputnik, Sinopharm and AstraZeneca shots.
  • The political uproar left the government of the Peronist president, Alberto Fernández, little choice but to threaten to end Argentina’s contract with Russia.

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