The UK government has proposed that the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine be completely manufactured in Argentina against the Coronavirus

Ambassador Mark Kent

Carla Vizotti and Cecilia Nikolini They chaired a series of meetings on Monday aimed at speeding up the arrival of vaccines against the Coronavirus in Argentina, as well as to start negotiations to manufacture them in the country.

As confirmed by L. Infobae In Casa Rosada, the Minister of Health and the Chancellor of the President led a confidential meeting this afternoon With the British Ambassador, Mark Kent, to cancel the ban on the shipment of vaccines from the Oxford AstraZeneca and suggest that Argentina manufacture all the vaccine from that laboratory.

Officials told Kent that Argentina already manufactures the active ingredient for injection and assured him that the country has enough technology to manufacture a complete vaccine. Kent has yet to provide a definitive answer, but he has promised to continue the conversation. Now the dialogue will be from state to state.

The Argentine government has proposed to the UK that an Astrazeneca vaccine be produced in the country (REUTERS / Leonhard Foeger)
The Argentine government has proposed to the UK that an Astrazeneca vaccine be produced in the country (REUTERS / Leonhard Foeger)

During the responsible meeting They indicated that Argentina is complying in time to manufacture the active ingredient, and is ready to take on more responsibilities in the production chain.

The government’s goal is to produce all the vaccines it uses in the country. Today’s meeting concludes a series of meetings aimed at achieving rapprochement between the Argentine state and the vaccine producer, in order to reach an agreement for the production of vaccines in the country.

Last week, it became known that the Richmond Laboratories Manufacture and batch shipment of 21.000 doses of Sptunik V. To Moscow to obtain Russian approval and start mass production in June at one of its factories located in Buenos Aires.

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This Monday morning Vizzotti and Nicolini preserved Two virtual meetings with the authorities and businessmen from China and Israel, With the aim of starting formal talks about Argentina’s potential participation in the research phase and in the chain of vaccine production.

The government has demanded to open access to Astrazeneca doses purchased by Argentina (Reuters / Agustin Marcarian)
The government has demanded to open access to Astrazeneca doses purchased by Argentina (Reuters / Agustin Marcarian)

The first meeting brought together the officials virtually with the Chinese ambassador to Argentina, Zhou Xiaoli; Argentine counterpart in China, Sabino Vaca Narvaga; my boss Sinopharm Representatives from both China and Argentina Sinergium Biotech.

In the second meeting, they were in contact with the Argentine ambassador to Israel, Sergio Uribari, And with the international Hadassah team led by the Argentine doctor Jorge Deiner, In conjunction with members of the Argentine Ministry of Health and ANMAT, to initiate cooperation work and exchange experiences in the field of Coronavirus prevention and control, research and development of vaccines and medicines, epidemiological management, patient care and vaccination campaign.

Of course, Argentina wants to produce in the country the Sinopharm vaccine, the Astrazeneca vaccine, and the vaccine produced by the Gamaleya Institute in Russia. The previous step is to have more control over the production chain.

The Minister of Health, Carla Vizotti, chaired all the meetings with the labs over the past days
The Minister of Health, Carla Vizotti, chaired all the meetings with the labs over the past days

During the meeting with the officials as well Claim the arrival Argentina got 22,431,000 million doses (paid 60% so far) and hasn’t seen any yet.

One possibility is that the obstacle can be overcome An agreement whereby the doses are distributed through the Kovacs Fund. Until now, they reached the country through this mechanism 1,082,400 doses.

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last week Carla Visot and Nikolini They met with representatives of AstraZeneca Argentina to formally request that they report as soon as possible the progress made in the production and quality control of the vaccine produced in the country.

Alberto Fernandez with Carla Vizotti (Chair)
Alberto Fernandez with Carla Vizotti (Chair)

By the beginning of March, they promised to deliver the first games, but this was never fulfilled. The shipment was sent to Mexicans but encountered problems with retail, packaging and labeling. Production is delayed and Argentina has not yet received a dose.

The national government needs to introduce more vaccines over the next month because even after the middle of the year it will not be able to rely on more doses of Sinopharma. The Chinese regime suspended exports until July. Therefore, Alberto Fernandez’s management is completely dependent on containers sent from Russia, the country’s main supplier so far.

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