Argentina Has New Health Chief After Vaccine Line-jumping Scandal
Muhammad Irfan 7 days ago Sun 21st February 2021 | 09:00 AM
Buenos Aires, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 21st Feb, 2021 ) :Argentina's new health minister took office on Saturday following the resignation of her predecessor after he was caught helping friends skip the line for Covid-19 vaccinations.
Carla Vizzotti, an internal medicine specialist, was sworn in by President Alberto Fernandez at the presidential residence in a brief ceremony broadcast on television. She did not issue a statement afterward or take questions from the media.
Former health minister Gines Gonzalez Garci resigned late Friday after it emerged that the 75-year-old doctor had aided acquaintances in getting vaccinated ahead of their turn.
The scandal broke after a 71-year-old journalist, Horacio Verbitsky, announced on the radio that, owing to his longstanding friendship with the minister, he had been able to get vaccinated in his office ahead of the general population.
The Public Prosecutor's Office has opened an investigation, local press reported.