President Alberto Fernández was on hand to witness the arrival of a new shipment of more than 900,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on Monday evening at Ezeiza International Airport.
The delivery means that Argentina has now received more than 20 million doses of coronavirus shots, with jabs supplied by a number of different laboratories.
Fernández, who was joined by Cabinet Chief Santiago Cafiero and Health Minister Carla Vizzotti, hailed the news by declaring that “vaccination is the gateway to life.”
“In this way we will overcome the pandemic and grow [the economy] again, creating jobs throughout the country,” he said.
The shipment, made up of 934,000 doses, arrived from the United States just two days after a delivery of 811,000 AstraZeneca shots from Mexico.
Another two million shots from the Chinese laboratory Sinopharm are anticipated before the end of June, with another four million set to arrive in July.
Around a quarter of the population have been vaccinated against Covid-19 to date, according to government data.
As of Wednesday morning, 16.64 million doses have been given in total. Of those, 13.22 million have received their first doses, while 3.42 million have been given two doses.
Buenos Aires Province has given the most doses (6.13 million in total), followed by Buenos Aires City (1.5 million). Next on the list are the provinces of Córdoba (1.4 million) and Santa Fe (1.29 million).
Argentina’s population in 2020 totalled 45,376,763 inhabitants, according to the INDEC national statistics bureau.