The Government negotiates the arrival of doses with the United Statess through the donation mechanism powered by the Joe Biden administration. Monday afternoon there was a first virtual meeting between authorities of the Ministry of Health and representatives of the White House to coordinate the logistics of vaccine delivery, how many will correspond to the country and which laboratories will they be from.
The appointment started at 15:30 and officials from both governments participated. On the side of Argentina were authorities of the Ministry of Health: the secretary of Administrative Management of the Ministry Mauricio Monsalvo, the advisor to the minister Carla Vizzotti, Analía Aquino, the coordinator of Logistics Juan Pablo Saulle, and the undersecretary of Health Strategies Juan Manuel Castelli .
For the United States, could you know Clarion, were part of Machmud Makhmudov, Policy Advisor and head of Covid issues at the White House, Andrew Sanders, national secretary of the North American Security Council, Thomas Breslin, member of the Covid-19 team, MaryKay Carlson, the business manager of the US Embassy, and the second secretary of the Embassy, Karen Glocer.
Mauricio Monsalvo, secretary of administrative management of the Ministry of Health, who negotiates the arrival of vaccines.
On the merits of the meeting, from the Government they were cautious and limited themselves to telling this newspaper “we continue working”. It was, for now, an introductory talk that takes place in a context of progress in the negotiations, after the US government included Argentina in the vaccine delivery scheme with which it has already been assisting other countries at the end of June. of Latinamerica.
One of the obstacles for the country to access the White House shipments had to do with the approved regulation after the vaccine law passed by Congress last year.
However, the signing of the presidential DNU two weeks ago that enabled Argentina to negotiate with laboratories such as Pfizer, Moderna and Janssen. With Moderna, after that legal step, it has just announced a provision of 20 million doses that will arrive in the first quarter of 2022.
Yes OK It has not yet been confirmed what will be the amount of doses that will be sent to Argentina and on what dateOne possibility is that they are through the cooperation mechanism of the Covax Fund, through the GAVI Alliance or through the World Health Organization itself.
In this way, the Biden government could send about 2.3 million doses. The vaccines that would arrive would be precisely those of Moderna, Pfizer and Janssen. From this last laboratory, in addition, Argentina expects a shipment of 755,000 doses for the last quarter of this year, by the Covax Fund, as acknowledged by Chief of Staff Santiago Cafiero in his report of more than 2,000 pages before the Senate of the Nation last week.
Argentina is one of the last countries in the region to negotiate with the Biden administration for the provision of vaccines. Brazil, Paraguay, Colombia, Uruguay and Ecuador were some of those that received shipments from Pfizer and Janssen through the United States.
In a statement issued in June The White House explained that it was going to donate 14 million doses to Covax for distribution in Latin America and the Caribbean, and another 14 million directly to countries that it considers a priority, such as Colombia, Argentina and Haiti.
For example, during the day on Monday, Makhmudov himself, who led the meeting with Argentina for the United States, published on his Twitter account that during the day there had been shipments of vaccines to countries such as Laos, Fiji and Costa Rica, which they joined shipments made in recent days to Uruguay, Vietnam, Paraguay and Guatemala, among other countries.