August 12. Argentina on Thursday began distributing the first batch of more than one million doses of the Russian Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine produced domestically.
The government announced on June 4 that local pharmaceutical company Laboratories Richmond SA would manufacture the vaccine using an antigen provided by the Moscow-based maker of Sputnik.
So far the pharmaceutical firm has produced 995,000 units of the first dose and 152,000 of the second.
The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) that financed Sputnik V and markets it abroad said that Laboratorios Richmond is expected to produce two million more doses in August.
Last December, Sputnik V became the first coronavirus vaccine to be offered in Argentina but there have been major delays in shipping the second dose.
The government has threatened to cancel its contract with Russia and last week it started administering Moderna and AstraZeneca vaccines in place of the second Sputnik dose.
Argentina, with a population of some 45 million, has so far taken delivery of some 40.7 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, including shots of Sputnik V, Sinopharm and Astrazeneca, in addition to 3.5 million jabs of Moderna donated by the US government.
Source: BA Times