Mauro Antonio Falconi left office amid controversy over delays of up to six hours in vaccinating elderly people
The President of the Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, appointed this Thursday, 8, the sixth Minister of Public Health government, being the fifth to assume the position since the beginning of the pandemic gives Covid-19, after the former head of the portfolio left office amid controversy over delays of up to six hours in the vaccinationO In an executive decree, the president today signed the appointment of Camilo Aurelio Salinas as new minister and thanks the services provided by his predecessor, Mauro Antonio Falconi. “I signed Decree 1286 that nominates Camilo Salinas as the new Minister of Public Health. Your priority will be to continue with the implementation, correct errors and strengthen the vaccination campaign to ensure proper care and compliance with the proposed objectives ”, wrote Moreno on Twitter. The previous day, the Ecuadorian government had asked for Falconi’s departure because of the chaos in the vaccination process against Covid-19 registered in Quito. “Our elderly people deserve the greatest respect. What happened today has no justification ”, said the president yesterday, without giving further details. People living in Ecuador complained on social media that many elderly people who were in long lines outside various Covid-19 vaccination units had to wait between five and six hours to receive their doses, and many were not seen.
Falconí was appointed Minister of Health on March 19, replacing Rodolfo Farfán, who had resigned without having completed 20 days in office and just as criticism grew because of the discovery of a list of privileged people in the immunization process. preceded by Juan Carlos Zevallos, in office since March 2020 and who resigned and left the country on February 27. At the time, he was in the eye of the storm for having benefited from a relative’s vaccination. Before him, still during the term of Moreno, they lead the portfolio Verónica Espinosa, from May 2017 to July 2019, and Catalina Andramuño, from July 2019 to March 2020. Espinosa resigned because of public criticism of the medicine basket, and Andramuño, for the low budget to fight the coronavirus.
* With information from EFE