Ginés Gonzáles Correia resigned after it became known that he kept 3000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine for his discretionary use. Now, the political scandal may affect President Alberto Fernandéz.
The news that the Argentine Minister of Health, Ginés González García, had a “VIP vaccine center” next to his office and that he reserved 3000 doses of Sputnik V to vaccinate people of his choice caused a political scandal and even with his resignation, the case can reach the President, Alberto Fernandéz.
Now, an investigation is underway to determine other irregularities in the distribution of immunizers against covid-19, advances Público.
“It was with pain that I demanded his resignation. Ginés was a great minister, and on top of that, I like him ”, said the President to the newspaper Page 12, however, considers that “what you did is unforgivable”.
In February, Beatriz Sarlo, a teacher and essayist, said that she had been offered a “vaccine under the table” but had rejected it.
After the revelation, several Argentine journalists were trying to find out where the offer came from. The journalist who ended up clarifying the matter was, however, one who was part of the privileged club. Horace Verbitsky he said on the radio that he had been vaccinated the previous day, explaining that the Minister of Health, his “old friend”, had found him a place at the Ministry’s headquarters.
Following the case, it was discovered that the minister had a stock of 3000 vaccines with which politicians, family members, and friends were being vaccinated, including the union leader, millionaire and president of the Independiente football club. Hugo moyano.
The prosecutor Guillermo Marijuan he filed a criminal complaint against the minister, the journalist and “other people” for possible misdemeanor offenses and demanded the list of people vaccinated irregularly. “This is a highly institutional action,” he declared.
In Argentina, vaccines were given priority to health professionals, and only last week opened vacancies for those over 80, who first have to register on a website and wait to be called, says the BBC.
This was the second major vaccine scandal in Latin America, after it was discovered in Peru that former President Martín Vizcarra and his wife, Maribel, had been vaccinated with the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, taking advantage of a clinical trial.