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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Symptoms reported by Argentine President Alberto Fernandez are a flu-like syndrome, and those vaccinated with the coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V can still develop it, but are protected from severe consequences, Gamaleya research institute director Alexander Gintsburg told Sputnik.

    "Vaccination does not exclude the possibility of getting infected. As we said, 8 percent of those vaccinated are at risk, but it excludes serious consequences. The symptoms that have been reported are a flu-like syndrome, it is not ruled out. Let us hope that everything stops at 37.3 ℃, and no more serious symptoms will follow", Gintsburg said.

    © Sputnik / Vladimir Zivojinovic
    An ampoule containing the Gam-Covid-Vak (Sputnik V) vaccine during vaccination against COVID-19 with the Russian drug Sputnik V at a vaccination point deployed in the building of the Belgrade Expo Center.

    Earlier on Saturday, Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez said that he had received a positive antigen test for COVID-19 and is awaiting confirmation via a PCR test. The president added that he had a 37.3℃ temperature and a slight headache, but feels well.

    In January, the Argentine leader received the first dose of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V. Three weeks later, he received the second shot, the newspaper Clarin reported on Saturday, citing sources.

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