Mon, 18 Jan 2021

BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Argentina plans to vaccinate 300,000 people against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease before the end of the year, President Alberto Fernandez said Thursday.

"This week we are signing the contract with Russia" to receive doses of the Sputnik V vaccine it developed, state news agency Telam cited the president as saying.

In Argentina, the outbreak has so far been similar to that in Europe, and officials are bracing for a second outbreak once colder weather arrives, said Fernandez.

"We always follow the experience of Europe, which relaxed (lockdown measures) in the summer and opened everything, and when autumn arrived there was a swift second wave of infections," Fernandez said.

"That makes me think about the possibility that the second wave will arrive in Latin America in the fall," he warned.

Fall in the Southern Hemisphere begins in March.

The South American country detected its first case of COVID-19 infection on March 3, and as of Wednesday registered 1,440,103 confirmed cases and 39,156 deaths.

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