Argentina threatens to cancel deal for Sputnik vaccine as Russia fails to deliver

Argentina threatens to cancel deal for Sputnik vaccine as Russia fails to deliver

Argentina’s gamble on Sputnik V vaccine has left it in a “very critical situation” because of Russia’s failure to fulfill delivery commitments, according to an official letter to Moscow leaked on Thursday. Russia owes Argentina 18.5m doses of its Sputnik V jab, over two-thirds of them vital second-component doses. Only 12% of Argentinians are fully vaccinated so far, partly due to failed Sputnik deliveries of its second component. Another 37% have received only a single dose. This compares disastrously with double-dose vaccination rates of over 60% in neighbouring Chile and Uruguay, countries that did not bet so heavily on the Russian vaccine. Its low two-dose vaccination rate leaves Argentina particularly exposed to the arrival of the Delta variant. Neighbouring Uruguay, meanwhile, has already approved moving to a three-dose regimen. Argentina’s reliance on the Sputnik V vaccine was accentuated by a special vaccination law passed in October 2020 that effectively made it impossible for this country to import US vaccines such as Pfizer or Moderna. Argentina has relied instead on a mix of Sputnik, Sinopharm and AstraZeneca shots. The lack of …
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