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The planned delivery of doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine to Argentina this week has been delayed indefinitely, a government source in Buenos Aires told AFP on Tuesday.

An Aerolineas Argentinas flight was scheduled to fly to Russia last Sunday to bring back a third batch of the 19.4 million cans that Moscow had promised before the end of February. To date, Argentina has received 600,000 vaccine shots that require two doses.

Airline chief Pablo Ceriano said on Twitter on Monday that the flight would be postponed “as soon as we have confirmation from all parties involved in the supply chain.”

On Tuesday, a government source told AFP that a new date had not yet been set. The government has not given a reason for the delay.

Aerolineas Argentinas has so far made two flights to Russia and back to bring doses of the vaccine Argentina administered on December 29th.

The country of 44 million people recorded 1.8 million coronavirus infections and 47,000 deaths.

In the initial phase of a national vaccination program, health workers are given the second dose of vaccine.

The government in Buenos Aires claims to have received more than 51 million vaccine doses.

Argentina has signed contracts for the delivery of the shot developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, including the contract with the Russian Gamaleya laboratory, is negotiating access to its vaccine with the drug manufacturer Pfizer and is also getting cans as part of the United Nations Covax distribution project receive.

Sputnik V is still in phase 3, the last round of testing before a drug is approved.

Russia says the shot was fired to approximately 1.5 million people, and early test results showed it was more than 90 percent effective.

Europe is also struggling to get promised vaccine shipments as drug manufacturers struggle to keep up with demand.

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday that companies had to “meet their obligations” after the British-Swedish group AstraZeneca and the US company Pfizer announced delivery delays.

Italy has threatened to take legal action against Pfizer.

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