11:52 GMT25 January 2021
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    BUENOS AIRES, (Sputnik) - Argentina has signed a contract with Russia for the supply of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine and expects to vaccinate 10 million people in January-February, President Alberto Fernandez said.

    "Yesterday we signed a contract that guarantees us the supply of Russian vaccines to Argentina. This is the third contract signed by the country," the president told reporters.

    "We will have enough doses to vaccinate 10 million Argentine residents in January-February," Fernandez said, adding that the government expects to have doses for 5 million people in January and for another 5 million in February.

    By the end of the year, the authorities plan to receive 600,000 doses to vaccinate 300,000 people, he said.

    People jog at a park, as the city of Buenos Aires eases their lockdown restrictions, during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Buenos Aires, Argentina June 8, 2020
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    People jog at a park, as the city of Buenos Aires eases their lockdown restrictions, during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Buenos Aires, Argentina June 8, 2020

    Russia registered Sputnik V, the world's first coronavirus vaccine, on 11 August. About 50 countries have already ordered 1.2 billion doses of the drug, which demonstrated the efficacy of over 95% during Phase III trials. According to scientists, Sputnik V will help people develop immunity to the virus for at least two years.

     

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