BUENOS AIRES – Argentine President Alberto Fernandez on Saturday tested positive for Kovid-19 and was experiencing mild symptoms despite being vaccinated earlier this year, which has become the latest in a series of world leaders , Who contracted the virus.
In a series of tweets Sent in early Saturday, Mr Fernandez said a “mild headache” and a temperature of 99.1 degrees prompted him to take an accelerated antigen test. President’s physician Dr. Federico Saavedra said its positive finding was confirmed on Saturday.
Mr. Fernandez’s symptoms were “mild due to the bulk of the vaccine’s protective effect,” Dr. Saavedra said.
The president, who first learned the preliminary results on his 62nd birthday on Friday, said he would remain in isolation. The president wrote on Twitter, “I am physically fine, and although I would love to end my birthday without this news. I am also in good spirits.”
Word of Mr. Fernandez’s test results comes shortly after Argentina tightened its boundaries due to the Kovid-19 infections. Many neighboring countries, notably Brazil, are experiencing a sharp increase in cases in the region as new, more contagious forms of the virus. Argentina has recently canceled all direct flights with Brazil, Chile and Mexico in an attempt to block new strains.
Argentina was the first country in Latin America to approve the use of the Sputnik V vaccine at the end of December, but mass vaccination is taking longer than the government initially predicted about the global vaccine shortage. The country is also offering China’s Cyanopharma vaccine and Covishield, the Indian version of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Of the country’s 45 million people, 683,771 have received two vaccine doses, and 4.18 million doses have been applied to all.
Argentina said on 26 March that it would be Delay in second dose of Kovid-19 vaccine As many people as possible for three months in an effort to get at least one dose. There are about 2.4 million Kovid-19 infections and more than 56,000 deaths in the country.