Sun, 07 Mar 2021

BUENOS AIRES, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Argentina invested 27.75 million pesos (about 321,000 U.S. dollars) in computer tablets to facilitate the vaccination drive against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Some 1,220 tablets were delivered to hospitals in the different provinces "in view of the historic vaccination being undertaken throughout the country," the ministry said in a statement.

"The tablets will help strengthen the monitoring that the Health Ministry is carrying out on the progress of the vaccination campaign," according to Secretary of Health Equity Martin Sabignoso.

"In addition ... they are being used in the provinces for multiple purposes," including registering people for follow-up treatment, providing telemedicine services, and enabling COVID-19 patients in isolation to "communicate with their families," said Sabignoso.

Argentina launched its vaccination campaign on Dec. 29, five days after receiving the first 300,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine developed by Russia.

The South American country detected its first case of COVID-19 on March 3, and reported 1,757,429 cases of infection and 44,983 deaths from the disease as of Wednesday.

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