Ciftis exhibition booth staff in Beijing, Friday (4/9/2020), showing two COVID-19 vaccine candidates made by Sinopharm and Sinovac. Photo: ANTARA / HO-GT
jpnn.com, LIMA – Peruvian Foreign Minister Elizabeth Astete on Sunday (14/2), resigned after admitting to receiving a dose of COVID-19 vaccine injection from Sinopharm China before the start of the national immunization program.
The day before, President Francisco Sagasti said he accepted the resignation of Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti because of the scandal of former President Martin Vizcarra who also received a vaccine injection ahead of the national program.
Vizcarra, who was overthrown by the Peruvian Congress on corruption charges last November, said he did not cut lines for the vaccine, but he got it as part of a pilot activity. However, local media questioned Vizcarra’s explanation.
Astete, who has held the post of Peruvian foreign minister since November, said he was injected with the vaccine on January 22 after accepting an offer from Peruvian university Cayetano Heredia in charge of the trial for an injection of a vaccine made by Sinopharm Group Co Ltd derived from “leftovers. -the rest of the “trial activities.
“I realized a serious mistake I made, which is why I decided not to accept the second dose. For the reasons mentioned, I have submitted my resignation letter to the President,” Astete said via Twitter.
The Peruvian government announced in early January an agreement with Sinopharm to purchase up to 38 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The first packs of 300,000 vaccines arrived a week ago and the country’s immunization program against COVID-19 began on Tuesday with initial application to health workers most susceptible to exposure to the coronavirus infection.
President Francisco Sagasti was one of the first people in Peru to receive the Sinopharm vaccine as part of a campaign for the country’s vaccination program.