BUENOS AIRES, January 16. / Corr. TASS Elena Kondratyeva /. More than 200 thousand Argentine residents, mainly medical workers, have already been vaccinated with the first component of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. As the TASS correspondent was told by several Argentine doctors who were included in this number, they immediately signed up for vaccinations as soon as the opportunity arose.
First vaccine in Argentina
Julian Pascal, an obstetrician at the Posados National Hospital in Buenos Aires, said he had no doubts about whether to be vaccinated with the Russian drug, which became the first coronavirus vaccine to arrive in Argentina. "As soon as I found out that she was brought to the country, I immediately decided to get vaccinated. It is important for me to be able to protect not only myself, but also my family and patients. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have already been several pregnant women with COVID-19 with whom I have taken childbirth, "- said the doctor.
“None of my colleagues tried to dissuade me. Only my mother asked me if I was sure that I was worth it. But only then she said that it was good that I was vaccinated,” Pascal shared. After the vaccination, his muscles ached a little and was mildly weak. “But I just took paracetamol and immediately went on duty,” the doctor said.
Among Pascal's acquaintances, there are almost no doctors who decided to wait for another vaccine to arrive in the country. “Almost everyone in our department was vaccinated,” the doctor said. “I don’t know if I would choose another vaccine if I had such an opportunity. I believe that since Sputnik V was developed by the Gamalea center, which is internationally recognized, everything was done well, and if I went back in time, I would be vaccinated again with this vaccine."
Negative news background
Surgeon Nancy Cumpa Lopez, who works at a public hospital in Rosario, admitted that not all doctors in Argentina want to be vaccinated with Sputnik V, but she believes the vaccine is not the problem. “I have colleagues who themselves hesitated about the need to get vaccinated and tried to dissuade me. Perhaps it is due to the spread of negative information due to the fact that the vaccine was made so quickly. to tarnish the Russian vaccine, "she said.
Before vaccination, the doctor herself decided to focus not on materials in the media, but on scientific sources. “The criticism did not make me doubt, because our media are constantly attacking without reason. Unfortunately, in Argentina, everything is pretty bad with journalism - it is too politicized. And I trust the recommendations of the scientific communities of our country, and if the vaccine was found to be working and it was brought to country, I will take root in it, "said Kumpa Lopez.
"I have already advised many colleagues, nurses, and other hospital workers to introduce the Russian vaccine. I was the second to get vaccinated at the Rosario Provincial Hospital, and then several colleagues told me that they decided to get vaccinated after they saw how I did it," shared the surgeon. She says she is not afraid that because all vaccines have been developed and approved at an accelerated rate, they could be dangerous. “I believe that, fortunately, medicine has made great advances in the technological sense, and thanks to this, the results can be obtained faster,” she said.
“There are those who told me that they wanted to wait six months to see what consequences the Russian vaccine could have, and then get vaccinated,” Kumpa Lopez shared. “The main thing for me is to get immunity from this virus. I already feel more protected, although I know that for maximum effectiveness you need to get a second dose."
Trust in the drug
Doctor Paola Vivas from La Plata saw Sputnik V as a chance to return to work. She suffers from systemic lupus erythematosus, due to which she was forced to take sick leave immediately after the outbreak of the pandemic. "It was a terrible year for me. I could not work, I had to stay at home, and in Argentina, there was also a very strict quarantine from the very beginning. I was depressed," the doctor said.
"I looked at the example of a friend of mine, a doctor and teacher, who also has lupus, and she was vaccinated. She took the risk, because in fact, the use of the vaccine for people with such diseases has not yet been approved," the doctor said. which after that also decided to be vaccinated. “I was asked to sign a statement that I understand the risks and take responsibility for the possible consequences,” she said. According to her, after vaccination she had symptoms like the flu, but on the second day they were gone.
“I was worried that all vaccines were developed so quickly, but it was worse for me to get sick with COVID-19,” Vivas said. According to her, the fact that Sputnik V was developed by Russia and bought by Argentina is already a sufficient reason for her to trust the drug. “There are excellent professionals working in Russia who can make a vaccine that can be trusted. And I am convinced that if the President of Argentina decided to buy this vaccine, then there were grounds for this,” the doctor said.
As Vivas said, most of her familiar colleagues have also already taken root in "Sputnik V". "In fact, I do not think that one of the developed vaccines is worse than the other. The best vaccine for me is the one that came to the country first. I want to work, I want to return to normal life, so I decided to get vaccinated," she added she is.
About vaccine supplies
The Russian Direct Investment Fund and the Argentine government signed a contract for the supply of 10 million doses of Sputnik V. The first batch of the first component of the vaccine in the amount of 300 thousand doses was delivered to the Republic of South America on December 24. On December 29, the country began to vaccinate health workers. On Saturday, a plane with 300 thousand doses of the second component is to return to Argentina from Moscow.
The Argentine authorities recorded the first case of coronavirus infection in the country on March 3 last year. To date, over 1.7 million people have fallen ill, more than 45 thousand have died. Since March 20, quarantine restrictions have been in effect in the republic.