Argentine leader Alberto Fernandez said he tested positive for the coronavirus



Buenos Aires — Argentine President Alberto Fernandez tested positive for the new coronavirus and is fine despite a mild fever, Peronist’s first term leader said Saturday.

“I’m in good shape,” the president, who turned 62 on Friday, said in a tweet. He had been vaccinated with Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus earlier this year.

“I would have liked to end my birthday without this news, but I’m fine,” Fernandez added.

He is isolated under the COVID-19 protocol, but continues to work. The Vice President of Argentina is Cristina Fernandez, a former leader of a country unrelated to the President.

The Russian Institute for Gamalaya, which developed the vaccine, issued a public statement to Alberto Fernandez that Sputnik V was 91.6% effective against infection and 100% effective against severe coronavirus cases.

“If an infection is confirmed, vaccination guarantees a quick recovery without serious symptoms. We wish you a quick recovery!”

Argentina has been blocking pandemics to varying degrees for over a year. COVID-19 has killed more than 56,000 people in the country so far. To date, approximately 682,868 Argentines have been fully vaccinated, with seniors and health care workers prioritized, according to the government.

By Eliana Raszewski and Hugh Bronstein

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