“Someone initially criticized Argentina for being too quick to come to an agreement with Russia. A campaign was launched in the international media to discredit Sputnik V. This campaign, unfortunately, also affected Argentina. But after the completion of clinical trials and publications, including including in The Lancet, there is no doubt that the Russian vaccine is one of the best in the world, it is safe and effective," the ambassador said, addressing the hospital's medical staff.
"For Russia, the priority is vaccination of its own population. But at this difficult difficult moment we could not leave the friendly and close Argentine people in trouble, we came to their aid. We will always help each other," he said.
The centre is located in the oncological hospital of the city, about 100 people are vaccinated there every day.
The Russian vaccine began arriving in Argentina last December.
In August 2020, Russia became the first country in the world to register a vaccine against the coronavirus, dubbed Sputnik V, and developed by the Gamaleya research institute.
According to analysis of phase 3 clinical trials of Sputnik V, published by The Lancet medical journal, Sputnik V has 91.6 percent efficacy against symptomatic COVID-19.