Argentina will begin vaccinating citizens against coronavirus on Tuesday using the recently-delivered Russian Sputnik V vaccine, following its approval for emergency use.
President Alberto Fernandez and provincial governors said on Saturday health personnel would receive shots in less than 72 hours.
Around 300,000 doses arrived in Argentina on Thursday and subsequent shipments are expected early in 2021.
“The idea is that when the (southern hemisphere) fall arrives we will have a large number of at-risk people vaccinated,” Fernandez said in a meeting with provincial governors.
Argentina, the third largest economy in Latin America, has been hard hit by COVID-19 and logged nearly 1.6 million cases of the coronavirus and 42,501 deaths from the disease.
Fears of a second wave are growing.
The Russian vaccine is set to arrive in each province of the South American nation by Monday and on Tuesday morning the first doses will be administered, the government said in a statement.
On Wednesday, Argentina became the third country to approve the Sputnik V vaccine, after Russia and Belarus.
It has also approved the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Some Western scientists have raised concerns about the speed Russia has worked, giving regulatory go-ahead launching large-scale vaccinations before full trials to test Sputnik V’s safety and efficacy have been completed.
Russia says the criticism is unfounded.