Argentina’s government received 800,000 does of Russia’s Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine Monday, the President’s office said.
The arrival was announced on the official Twitter feed of Argentina’s Presidency, which also showed video of an Aerolineas Argentinas plane carrying the shipment of doses arriving at night in Buenos Aires and being unloaded.
The shipment brings the total number of vaccine does received to nearly 9 million, according to Argentina’s Ministry of Health.
Some context: The shipment comes as Argentina is experiencing a spike in new cases. The country has registered more than 200,000 new cases in a 24-hour period on 9 separate days in April, according to the country’s Ministry of Health.
On Tuesday, Argentina reported 20,461 new cases of the coronavirus, and 248 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths registered due to Covid-19 to 59,476.