Tuesday, August 3

Coronavirus in Peru: the scandal over the covid-19 vaccines that forced the resignation of two ministers and an investigation against former president Vizcarra

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The president of Peru, Francisco Sagasti, being vaccinated against the coronavirus on February 9


The president of Peru, Francisco Sagasti, was vaccinated against the coronavirus on February 9. But it is not his vaccination that causes controversy.

President Francisco Sagasti said he felt “indignant and” furious, “and the two adjectives also describe well the feelings of the majority of Peruvians regarding the complaint that several high-ranking government officials abused a clinical trial to get vaccinated against the coronavirus much earlier than most of the population.

“Once again, we Peruvians learned that there were those who took advantage of a position in the state apparatus to obtain an undue benefit,” summarized the sentiment of the newspaper El Comercio in its editorial this Monday.

Sagasti, however, held his predecessor, Martín Vizcarra, entirely responsible for the situation, who last week admitted to having received two doses of the vaccine against covid-19 from the empresa china Sinopharm when it was being tested in the country, at the end of last year.

Vizcarra – who was removed by Congress in November 2020 for alleged “moral incapacity” – justified himself by assuring that both he and his wife had participated as volunteers in the trials.


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