Carla Vizzotti’s explanation about the planes to Russia that return half-empty: “If we don’t take the vaccines that are there, someone else will take them.”
Annoyed with a publication of TN.com.ar that reported that Aerolineas Argentina flights to Russia carried an average of 466,000 doses of Sputnik V per flight, the Minister of Health of the Nation, Carla Vizzotti, defended the vaccine transport mechanism and stated that “if we do not take the vaccines there are, another will take them.”
“What needs to be explained to TN.com.ar is that vaccines are produced, when they are available it is reported, and if they are not withdrawn, others withdraw them. In a world -and TN.com.ar knows it perfectly- in which it is a war to get vaccines, Argentina’s priority is to work and go and pick up those lots that are available, approved and destined for Argentina to immunize as many people as possible as soon as possible, “said the official in the A Dos Voces program.
The cost of an Airlines flight to Moscow amounts to US$640.000, according to an investigation by Telenoche. As reported by TN.com.ar, since December, the flag carrier flew 14 times to Russia, for total of almost US $ 9 million. Taking into account that 6,533,290 Sputnik V arrived in Argentina -, of which 5,475,690 correspond to component 1, and 1,060,160 to component 2- and that all 14 flights meant a total of US $ 8,960,000, the logistics costs of each flight added US $ 1.37 to the value of each vaccine.
Although the average was 466,000 doses per flight, some arrived with just 220,000 and late March four flights arrived from Moscow in just 11 days, that is, every 66 hours an Aerolineas plane touched the runway from Russia, with an average of 375,000 vaccines each. Also on February 28, 517,500 arrived and a day later 732,500.
“We are working with the Russian Federation to optimize and make the transfer more efficient, but without a doubt the priority is to have as many vaccines as possible as soon as possible, “said the Minister of Health during the interview with journalist Edgardo Alfano.
Sputnik V leads the ranking of vaccines that arrived in Argentina. As reported by the Executive, this wednesday, Vizzotti and the presidential advisor Cecilia Nicolini they kept a videoconference with authorities of the Russian Investment Fund Direct (RDIF) to track negotiations and monitor deliveries.
Vizzotti said that the exponential growth of infections stopped but warned that the health system “has very difficult weeks ahead”
This Thursday they will arrive in the country a new shipment of half a million of component 1 of the same drug on another Aerolineas Argentinas flight, which will have brought a total of 10,692,490 doses of Sputnik V and Sinopharm vaccines, in 20 flights.
The Airbus 330-200 aircraft, registration LV-GIF, took off from Sheremetievo international airport with the number AR1081, at 1:38 p.m. in Argentina (7:38 p.m. in Russia) this Wednesday, where it remained for five hours to stow the load and You will be arriving at the Ezeiza airport around 7 in the morning.