Chief of Staff Announcement, santiago caffeiroIn Congress signing a contract between Argentina and Moderna to purchase vaccines from that North American laboratory, he presented a clear example of the government’s intentions. The Alberto Fernandez administration knows that an agreement of this type would allow, as well, Unlocking Incoming Dose Donations from the United States And they have already been announced for other countries in the region.
The intention generated internal criticism. To the surprise of his own and opponents, yesterday the leader of the ruling bench in the Chamber of Deputies, max kitchener, harshly questioned the decision of the executive power to sign a decree that enables these recruits, noting that it does not want “A country that has to bow to the whims” of foreign companies. However, the national authorities He is confident that the settlement will be ready for next Monday.
“We have to have more self-esteem as a country, or are we always going to seek recognition outside, not just in our experience? When we do not listen to our own experience as people, we always become toys of the circumstances,” said the head of the Frente de Todos block at the compound.
The truth is that there are still some details yet to be defined and talks between the two sides may be delayed by a few days, also keeping in mind that this Friday, July 9, is a holiday in the country. However, the government will make every effort to avoid any delay in the negotiations and thus adhere to the time frame that Cafiero anticipated when presenting his report to the Chamber of Deputies. Management direction.
It will go on like this, and with this framework of priorities, because the sooner there is an agreement with Moderna, the sooner the donation of the same vaccine from the United States can come to Argentina: it happens that the North Commodities to be shipped depends upon the US Administration approval of the same in the destination country.
In this way, at Casa Rosada they calculate that if the contract is signed on the following Monday, as the Chief of Staff said, By next Friday, cargo with donations can already land at Eziza International Airport.. Conversely, if negotiations are not successful, it will be necessary to wait until next week for that to happen.
In addition, the government is interested in receiving these supplements because You hope to be able to use them for minors between the ages of 12 and 17However, for this they must first be approved by the local regulator, the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT).
Thus, Moderna’s vaccines will be the first produced by a US laboratory to reach the country, something that was made possible by a decree signed by an executive power to amend the law governing these types of procurement.
In the United States, these doses only applied to individuals over the age of 16, while Pfizer’s inoculants were authorized for people over the age of 12. Under the new law, this option will be enabled in Argentina as well.
In this sense to go ahead and arrive on Monday with the contract signed with President Moderne Alberto Fernandez Met my personal advisor this Thursday afternoon, Cecilia Nicolini, and with the Minister of Health, carla visotti, with which it is concluding defining the details to outline a roadmap that will serve as a guide for this agreement and the future that will arise.
In fact, if everything goes according to plan and the deadline coincides with the estimates, Over the next week the government intends to begin talks with Pfizer and next week with Johnson & Johnson, which produces the Janssen vaccine.
At the same time, Argentina’s ambassador to the United States, Jorge Arguello, awaiting confirmation of the first of these agreements at diplomatic headquarters to immediately request the State Department’s Coordinator for the Global Response to the Pandemic, Gail Smith, sending related donations to Buenos Aires, so that they can later be distributed to all provinces.
However, it is not yet known whether the . How much does the administration of Joe Biden For Alberto Fernandez, Washington sources with reassuring facts infobae Which would be “millions”.
“On Monday we will be signing new supplements for our country with Moderna Laboratory. Moderna Laboratory is a US laboratory that is also making pediatric vaccines, which is good news for us,” said Cafiero on Thursday, whose words are still making noise in Congress.