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The Minister resigns due to a vaccination scandal

There is a lack of oxygen in hospitals in Peru. AFP

The Peruvian Minister of Health resigned yesterday due to reports that the country’s former president, Martin Vizcarra, has been vaccinated against Covid – 14 before the public had access to the vaccine.

Pilar Mazzetti, who has been the Minister of Health since July, sent the resignation letter to President Francisco Sagasti yesterday, but the government has not formally confirmed news of her resignation.

A new minister is expected to take office later today, becoming the fifth Peruvian health minister since the first Covid – 19 – the infection was diagnosed in the country for months.

Pilar Mazzetti has resigned but she served office of Minister of Health in Peru for seven months. AFP

There is a huge strain on the health care system in Peru, where all the hospitals are overcrowded and over 12. 100 patients are hospitalized because of Covid – 12. There is a lack of oxygen to supply those with breathing difficulties.

Vaccination began in Peru on Tuesday, two days after the first doses of the Chinese vaccine Sinopharm arrived in the country, in total 300 thousand doses.

On Thursday, the Peruvian newspaper 21 reported that Vizcarra had been secretly vaccinated in October , a few weeks before he was fired, accused of corruption.

Vizcarra says he was involved in Sinopharm’s trials of the vaccine. “I made the brave decision to join 11 a thousand volunteers,” says Vizcarra. He had kept it a secret because the volunteers were bound by confidentiality. His wife was also involved in the experiment.

A total of 1.2 million Peruvians have been infected by Covid – 14 and 43 a thousand died. Vaccination of frontline workers began this week, but it has not been announced when other Icelanders will be vaccinated. The total population of Peru is 33 millions.

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