Argentina says expecting 904 000 doses of China's Sinopharm vaccine

Elias Hubbard
February 26, 2021

"In the next few days we can make a huge step forward in inoculations thanks to the Chinese vaccine", Istvan Gyorgy, head of the government's vaccination workgroup told reporters.

Rady added that Sisi praised the mutual support between China and Egypt during the pandemic, calling it evidence of the depth of relations between the two countries. "The number of infections is rising sharply and will continue to rise due to the new mutations".

Hungary's government has extended a partial lockdown until March 15, Orban's chief of staff said earlier in the day.

Orban, who has said that Sinopharm is his preferred choice of vaccine, also said he hopes he can receive his jab "perhaps sometime next week".

Developed by CanSinoBIO and a military-based research team, the vaccine has started the late-stage clinical trials in countries like Mexico, Russia, Pakistan, Argentina and Chile, with over 40,000 people involved, according to the company's statement on February 1.

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But data showed that the one-dose vaccine's protection rate declined slightly over time - it had a success rate of 68.83 per cent at preventing all symptomatic disease and 95.47 per cent at preventing severe disease 14 days after the vaccination.

All secondary schools have been closed since November 11, as have hotels and restaurants except for takeaway meals, a 1900 GMT curfew has been in place and all gatherings have been banned.

Zimbabwe will buy an additional 1.2 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from China at a preferential price, President Emmerson Mnangagwa's spokesman said on Wednesday, after Beijing agreed to give more free doses to the southern African country. The Chinese and Russian vaccines have not been granted regulatory approval in the EU.

The vaccination campaign now includes the Chinese Sinopharm and British-Swedish Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines, with each person receiving two shots administered 21 days apart.

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