BUENOS AIRES, Feb.23 (Reuters) – Argentina expects to receive 904,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinopharm on Thursday, the South American country’s government said on Tuesday.
The delivery is part of a purchase of 1 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine, which will be in addition to the 1.22 million doses the country has already received of the Sputnik V vaccine from Russia. Argentina has also received 580,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.
“Aerolineas Argentinas flight AR1050 has departed for Beijing to bring 904,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine to the country. It is estimated that the flight will arrive at Ezeiza International Airport (on the outskirts of Buenos Aires) on Thursday,” said the Argentine government in a statement. Press release.
In Argentina, 2.08 million cases of COVID-19 have been recorded, including 51,510 fatalities, according to official data. Argentina has a population of around 45 million people.