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    BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - Argentine presidential adviser Cecilia Nicolini discussed possibilities for the start of production of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Argentina, the government press service of the Latin American country announced.

    "Nicolini visited the Gamaleya [research] center that produces Sputnik V, in order to analyze, together with experts, how to accelerate the transfer of technology to start production in the country as soon as possible," a Monday government statement says.

    Nicolini is currently visiting Russia with Argentina's minister of economy, Martin Guzman.

    Argentina started vaccinating its population using the Russian Sputnik V vaccine in December 2020. In March, Nicolini told Sputnik that the vaccination using Sputnik V was showing encouraging results in terms of safety and efficacy.

    When asked when Argentina could launch production of the Sputnik V vaccine after the two countries struck a relevant memorandum, the presidential aide suggested that it could happen no earlier than within a year.

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