Covid Vaccination Argentina

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1 December 2022 by Martin Dinatale
COVID in Argentina: scandal over a secret government report on vaccine contracts. In an unprecedented and highly controversial decision, the General Audit Office of the Nation (AGN) held a special meeting yesterday at the request of the ruling party to discuss a secret control report on all the contracts that the Gov't made with various laboratories for the acquisition of vaccines during the pandemic. The result of this session of the college of auditors was scandalous: the ruling party colluded with its majority to impose a secret report that was flatly rejected by the three minority opposition auditors who evaluated the document as "lacking relevant data". "extremely superficial" and "restrictive" in the use of information....

....In another section of the report submitted by the opposition to Congress, it was recorded that the ruling party's report "does not provide for the verification of the previous and subsequent negotiations" of the gov't with the laboratories. According to the opposition auditors, the analysis of compliance with the disbursements and deliveries agreed by the state was not determined either. Finally, the auditors Rodríguez, Nieva and Pichetto stressed that the secret report endorsed by the PJ "it is not known if it complies with the principle of disclosure and transparency" when analyzing each of the contracts.
 

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1 December 2022 by Fabiola Czubaj
Covid-19: due to increased demand when the new coronavirus began to circulate as another respiratory virus, the City of BA
analyzes adding vaccination centers next week....To avoid long waits and facilitate the task of vaccinators, the Ministry of Health
recommends that, if possible, people who want to be vaccinated reserve a day and place in advance: https://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/coronavirus/vacunacion-covid-19
depending on whether it is for people over three years of age, babies and children between six months and two years of age inclusive,
and people with allergies.

In recent days, given the rise in infections, the demand for vaccination also grew at the Club San Lorenzo (Av. La Plata 1770), the Centro Islamico (Av. Intendente Bullrich 55), Colegio de Abogados (Av. Corrientes 1441), Detectar Devoto headquarters (Av. Francisco Beiró 4629) and the Monasterio headquarters of the CABA Ministry of Health (Av. Amancio Alcorta 2101). Appointments are also available at the Detectar Belgrano headquarters (Arcos 2319)
....The reminders to porteños via WhatsApp have intensified to receive a new reinforcement for those over 50 and those over 12 who are immunocompromised....

....The largest number of new infections is once again concentrated in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area (AMBA), which makes up the City and the municipalities of the Buenos Aires suburbs.
 

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3 Dec 2022
Increase in COVID cases: Only 13% of Argentines received the second booster and only 0.6% received the third booster or fifth dose. What is the impact of low vaccination on the current rise in infections according to experts. The weekly epidemiological surveillance report issued each week by the National Ministry of Health reported a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the country over the last two Sundays.

Although the specialists consulted by Infobae agreed and were cautious that "the situation is not alarming due to the number or severity of the cases", what worries the health authorities is the low coverage of the reinforcement doses against the coronavirus in the country, in the face of a new rise in infections. According to official figures, new infections went from 2,206 in the week of Nov 13 to 20 to 3,323 between Nov 20 and 27, which represents an increase of 50.63% in the last 7 days....

....According to official data, 46% of Argentines received the first reinforcement, 13% the second reinforcement and only 0.6% received the third reinforcement. The Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, explained that the reinforcements are additional doses, which "reinforce immunity periodically and the recommendations provide for applying them at least six months after completing the primary scheme of two doses". Thus, six months after receiving the second dose, it is expected that the population will have received the third; six months after the third, the fourth, and so on....However, in the country only 21,838,467 people were vaccinated with the first booster. And the amount of the duly protected population decreases as the number of doses they should have received increases: 6,349,657 received the second reinforcement and only 290,639 the third....
 

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3 Dec 2022
The sale of COVID self-tests grew 200% in Nov and positivity climbed to 42%. The rise is linked to the increase in infections that is registered throughout the country. Self-diagnostic kits provide the result in 10 to 15 minutes and can be purchased at pharmacies. This is indicated by the data from the survey of the ARG Pharmaceutical Confederation (Cofa)....Currently, there are six brands of COVID self-tests available in pharmacies across the country. The prices of each kit are between $1,600 and $1,800 pesos....How to report the result of the self-test?....
 

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4 December 2022
Subvariants, vaccines, masks and tests: everything you need to know to face COVID-19 today. Which Omicron lineages are already circulating in the country, when to be tested, who should get reinforcements, where it is advisable to use masks again and when the bivalent vaccines will arrive in Argentina....To find out how to act in the face of the significant increase in COVID-19 cases, here is a review of the most frequent questions and the answers....
 

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5 December 2022
Fifth dose against Covid and doubt: get vaccinated now or wait for the bivalent. The new version also protects against Ómicron and reduces infections. Other countries in the region advanced to obtained it....The reality is that there is still no date for the bivalents to be available in ARG, as confirmed to Clarín by sources from the National Ministry of Health. Two months ago, the version circulated that the arrival of these new doses would take place before the end of the year, but that horizon seems to have clouded over....In ARG there are still distributed and not applied in the provinces about 8 million vaccines that continue to be useful despite the fact that there are new developments that may exceed the effectiveness of the original formula.

Chile began applying Pfizer's bivalent vaccines on October 11. Moderna announced that its bivalent vaccines will be available in Uruguay for the 2023 vaccination campaign. The health agency Anvisa authorized on Nov 22 in Brazil the emergency use of two bivalent vaccines against Covid, produced by Pfizer. As announced, it will be used as a booster dose in people over 12 years of age, three months after the last application. In Ecuador, the Adioum Group, through the pharmaceutical company Medicamenta Ecuatoriana, is working to obtain Moderna's bivalent vaccine. In Peru, starting next year, the bivalent dose against Covid will be applied, according to the Ministry of Health of that country.
Clarín also consulted the Pfizer and Moderna laboratories, which manufacture the bivalent vaccine, to corroborate the status of the conversation with ARG. From Pfizer they limited themselves to saying that "the current agreement enables to receive adapted versions of the vaccines." At the close of this note, Moderna had not responded.

There is, at the same time, a certain degree of uncertainty in this entire process linked to the speed with which the virus has been transforming, a characteristic that only seems to have stabilized in 2022, with the supremacy of Ómicron. But what would happen if a new variant emerged -as the WHO warned in the last few hours that it could happen- and in a short time it became predominant? In other words, what would be the use of the bivalent vaccine specialized in Omicron in the event that this version of Covid was replaced in the short term by another variant unknown up to now? ....That only 53% of the population has the third dose and even worse, 13% has the fourth, shows the immunological vulnerability of Argentines in the face of cases that do not stop growing, with increasingly pronounced jumps in each passing week.
 

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7 December 2022 by Daniela Blanco
Why in Argentina there are no available doses of bivalent vaccines against COVID. The so-called second generation vaccines are important because they update the protection against the new dominant variants of COVID. As Infobae learned, the national health authorities closed an agreement last July with Moderna to amend the contract to expand the vaccine portfolio towards the incorporation of the bivalent ones. A registration package version for BA.4 BA.5 was even sent last November. But ANMAT has not yet to approve the shipment of the doses....
 

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Hi Gracielle! Did you receive the "5th" vaccination that is currently available?
 

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Hi Gracielle! Did you receive the "5th" vaccination that is currently available?
Hi Johnny,
YES....on Nov 14 with a "turno" at Club San Lorenzo.
Locations and "turnos"....
 
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12 December 2022
Covid-19: cases in the country increased 1688% in one month. The National Ministry of Health reported moments ago that 27,119 positives were detected last week and there were seven deaths....For the moment, the new infections continue to be concentrated in the metropolitan area of BA (AMBA). While the Province of BA notified 12,292 new cases for the last seven days, the City of BA confirmed another 11,619. This represents 88% of the total known this morning....Given this growing trend, which has been going on for six weeks, the National Ministry of Health recommended to the population the preventive use of masks on public transport (subway, train, bus, taxi), with the opening of windows to guarantee circulation of air....

....last Thursday, the City's Ministry of Health began to expand the number of vaccination posts and advised taking "turnos" to avoid long lines and facilitate the work of vaccinators. Since the end of last week, the Enrique Larreta Spanish Art Museum ( Mendoza 2250, Belgrano). Also, online "turnos" have already been enabled for the posts that will be added from the day after tomorrow and until next Saturday: Palacio Lezama (Avenida Martín García 344, La Boca), Templo Budista (Montañeses 2175, Belgrano), La Rural (entrance via Cerviño 4476, Palermo) and the Parque Chacabuco sports center (Avenida Eva Perón 1410, Parque Chacabuco). “All the "turnos" that are offered in the new centers will be from Monday to Friday, until the last business day of the month of December. During Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, the same centers that have been doing it so far [Club San Lorenzo and Centro Islámico] will operate, without undergoing any modification, ”the CABA health portfolio reported.
 
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