Argentina’s president Alberto Fernández has tested positive for COVID-19 despite getting the Russian Sputnik V jab in January.
While Sputnik developer Russia’s Gamaleya Institute has insisted that the jab is effective.
In a statement Fernández said: I’m already isolated, complying with the current protocol and following the instructions of my personal doctor.
“I have contacted the people I met in the last 48 hours to assess whether they constitute close contact,” he added.
Alberto Fernández, 62, had the first jab publicly in a Buenos Aires hospital on January 21 and received the second dose in February.
As being reported, Argentina’s president came down with a fever and slight headache on Friday, after which he was tested for coronavirus.
As being reported, his diagnosis was confirmed with an antigen test, followed by a PCR test, over the weekend.
According to the President’s medical team, he was stable, asymptomatic, with parameters within normal ranges.
Russia’s Gamaleya Institute, which developed the Sputnik V vaccine, reacting to the news has re-iterated the high effectiveness of the jab, citing research data published in the medical journal The Lancet in February.
Sputnik V’s official Twitter account said: “We are sad to hear this. Sputnik V is 91.6 percent effective against infection and 100 percent effective against severe cases.
If the infection is indeed confirmed and occurs, the vaccination ensures quick recovery without severe symptoms. We wish you a quick recovery!”.
The Gamaleya Institute: We are sad to hear this. #SputnikV is 91.6% effective against infection and 100% effective against severe cases. If the infection is indeed confirmed and occurs, the vaccination ensures quick recovery without severe symptoms. We wish you a quick recovery!— Sputnik V (@sputnikvaccine) April 3, 2021