Argentina approves Russian vaccine, tightens COVID-19 air travel curbs

Argentina's Health Ministry said Wednesday it has given the controversial Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine "emergency" authorization, making the country the first in Latin America to do so.  

The first shipment of the 25 million doses of the vaccine bought by the Argentine government is due to arrive on Thursday. 

The country also established new requirements for entering and leaving the country by air, starting on Friday through January 8, the Interior Ministry said in a statement issued on Wednesday, in a bid to rein in the coronavirus. 

Only two airports in the country will be authorized for international travel, Ezeiza and San Fernando, both servicing the Buenos Aires capital area. 

The requirements will include the presentation of a negative coronavirus test and the completion of a mandatory seven-day quarantine, the ministry said. 

The latest data from the Ministry of Health reveal 1,555,279 cases of coronavirus in Argentina, with 42,254 deaths from the disease and 1,379,726 people who have recovered. 

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