July 09, 21 - 8:44 am - Reuters

Argentina to close deal with Moderna for COVID-19 vaccine

Argentina announced on Thursday that it will sign a COVID-19 vaccine supply agreement with Moderna, as the country tries to speed up the immunization of its population and prevent a possible coronavirus‘ third wave.

Cabinet chief Santiago Cafiero told Congress that the agreement with the US company will be signed on Monday, but did not detail the number of doses being purchased or agreed delivery dates.

Until now, Argentina has largely based its COVID-19 vaccination program around the Sputnik V, Sinopharm, and AstraZeneca vaccines. The country has vaccinated 23.7 million of its 45 million population with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 4.9 million people have received both doses.

As of Wednesday, Argentina has recorded 4.6 million cases and 97,000 deaths from COVID-19. The country is currently seeing a decline in cases after a second wave triggered new restrictions.

(Translated by LABS)