The Ecuadorian health minister resigned on Friday because the local attorney general’s office has launched an investigation to see if there are any exceptions in the country for coronavirus vaccinations. Surgeon Rodolfo Farfan, who was appointed on March 1, spent less than three weeks on top of the wallet.
The British news agency Reuters was unable to reach the minister, only to learn that he had not been charged with a crime. However, as part of the investigation, police searched a home in the Ministry of Health and a hospital in the capital, Quito, and the chief of the ministry subsequently resigned. In a statement issued by the Ecuadorian government, the minister wrote that he was ready to cooperate with the authorities in the investigation.
And replaced Juan Carlos Zevalos, the leader of the outgoing ministry, who resigned at the end of February after an investigation was opened against him in a vaccination process in the nursing home where his mother also lives.
The charge of protecting against the distribution of coronavirus vaccines has caused political unrest in several South American countries, including Ecuador, Peru and Argentina.
In Ecuador, more than 120,000 people have received the first dose of the vaccine so far. Authorities in the Latin American country say that 20 million doses of the vaccine will be purchased by the end of the year to vaccinate 60 percent of the population over the age of 18.
Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno and his wife, as well as several people providing medical care to the head of state, have already been vaccinated, according to a statement from the Quito government.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore Friday night, there are 307,429 infected people in the country with a population of 16.5 million, 16,333 people have died from the disease and 263,164 people have recovered from the disease.