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Covid-19: Argentina resumes domestic flights with strict health protocols

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 26 (NNN-MERCOPRESS) — Argentina resumed regular domestic flights this week after an interruption of seven months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, although within a format of restrictions and health protocols limiting operations.

“The revival of connectivity will be gradual, giving priority to health,” declared the Transport Ministry, only allowing essential workers and persons needing to travel for health reasons to board flights for now.

Bolivia’s president-elect says he plans to cement relations with Russia

BUENOS AIRES, October 23. /TASS/: Bolivia's President-elect Luis Arce has said he will work to strengthen relations with Russia.

"We thank our brother Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, for congratulations, and for the visit that [Russian] Ambassador to Bolivia Vladimir Sprinchan paid us today. We will strengthen relations between our countries for the benefit of our peoples," he wrote in a Twitter post.

Argentina passes 1 million cases as virus hits Latin America

USHUAIA, Argentina (AP) — At the edge of Argentina in a city known as “The End of the World,” many thought they might be spared from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sitting far from the South American nation’s bustling capital, health workers in Ushuaia were initially able to contain a small outbreak among foreigners hoping to catch boats to the Antarctic at the start of the crisis.

Venezuela starts clinical trials for Russia’s coronavirus vaccine

BUENOS AIRES, October 15. /TASS/: Venezuelan authorities have selected volunteers to take part in clinical trials of the Russian coronavirus vaccine dubbed Sputnik V, the trials are underway, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday.

"The Russian vaccine is already in Venezuela, the trials are already starting, there are 2,000 volunteers," he said.

Argentina becomes first country to approve genetically modified wheat

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 9 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Argentina has become the first country to approve the growth and consumption of genetically modified wheat, the country’s agriculture ministry announced.

The ministry’s scientific commission said in a statement released in Buenos Aires that it had approved a drought-resistant variety of wheat in the world’s fourth-largest exporter of the crop.

“This is the first approval in the world for drought-tolerant genetic transformation in wheat,” the National Commission for Science and Technology (CONICET) said in a statement.

IMF mission expected next week in Argentina: minister Guzmán

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 3 (NNN-MERCOPRESS) — Argentina’s Economy Minister Martin Guzman said that a mission from the International Monetary Fund will arrive in the country next week as the country looks to negotiate a new program with the organization.

“There is a constant, constructive dialogue. This week we have been working in a virtual way together with a mission. On Tuesday a mission will be arriving,” Guzman said, speaking in a televised interview with local publication Ambito.

Forest Fires Break Out In Central Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 23 (NNN-PRENSA LATINA) – Four forest fires broke out yesterday in the central Argentine province of Cordoba, where some 400 firefighters, backed by planes and helicopters, were working to put them out, the local government said.

The fires broke out in the cities of Villa Carlos Paz, Los Morteritos, Cuchi Corral and Unquillo.

Cordoba’s government said, gusts of up to 45 km per hour made it difficult to fight the flames “in affected areas that are difficult to access,” in addition to high temperatures.

Covid-19: Argentina preparing to restart domestic and international flights in October

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 8 (NNN-MERCOPRESS) — Argentina could resume international commercial flights in October, the transport ministry said, following the approval of the new passenger and airport protocols for international travel by the ministry of health, the requirement government stated previously for lifting a strict travel ban

The start of flights next month, both domestic and international would give companies the 30 days they need to prepare for the restart of their operations.

However “the president has the final decision,” Transport Minister Mario Meoni cautioned.

Worst Of Pandemic Over For Argentine Capital, Says Local Official

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 1 (NNN-PRENSA LATINA) – For Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is over, but there are challenges ahead, the city’s top health official said.

“The worst is already over … but we still have many cases per day,” Buenos Aires Health Minister, Fernan Quiros, told the press. “We need to really maintain the people’s focus on compliance with regulations, and the focus on tracking, testing and isolation strategy.”

Venezuela is ready to participate in testing of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine

BUENOS AIRES, 22 August. /TASS/: The Venezuelan government is in talks with the Russian side on participation in testing and production of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Venezuelan Health Minister Carlos Alvarado announced on Friday.

"We have offered 500 volunteers to participate in vaccine trials," the minister said during a video conference with President Nicolas Maduro, which was broadcast on Periscope.

Alvarado said Venezuela and Russia "also discussed the possibility of joint production" of the Sputnik V vaccine.

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