Former Peruvian President Marin Vizcarra and his wife were positive for COVID-19, after both received a Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine in October 2020.
Immediately after receiving the test results on April 25, Mr. Vizcarra (who used to hold the presidency of Peru from 2018 to 2020 before being impeached) announced this information on Twitter: “Despite taking the necessary measures to avoid bringing the virus home, my wife and I are still positive for COVID-19. Our family is doing quarantine measures. We should not let our guard down.
Pese a los cuidados necesarios para evitar llevar el virus a casa, mi esposa y yo hemos dado positivo al COVID y somos sintomáticos. Mi familia está tomando las medidas de aislamiento necesarias. No bajemos la guardia.
– Martín Vizcarra (@MartinVizcarraC) April 25, 2021
Previously, former Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra and many senior Peruvian officials secretly injected Sinopharm’s (China) COVID-19 vaccine in October 2020, before the vaccine was widely announced. cobble.
The cause of the scandal is that Mr. Vizcarra took advantage of his position and political relations to secretly inject a vaccine for himself and his family when the vaccine was not licensed for use in the country. .
However, at the impeachment sessions, Mr. Vizcarra still denied any wrongdoing by justifying the reason he was vaccinated early because “he and his wife volunteered to participate in the vaccine trials of Sinopharm. before the official injection ”.
On April 16, 2021, the Peruvian National Assembly voted with a unanimous rate of 86 – 0 dismissing Mr. Vizcarra, through which he was not allowed to hold any public positions for 10 years on the charge of “abusing influence and false declaration ”.
Sinopharm is an inactivated vaccine manufactured by a subsidiary of China National Pharmaceutical Corporation called CNBG. Since its introduction on the market, the vaccine has faced many doubts about its effectiveness in preventing the virus.
At a seminar that took place on April 10, even the director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) China Gao Fu (Gao Fu) admitted that the Chinese vaccine ” low efficiency ”and suggests the government to combine vaccines using different technologies for better vaccination results.
According to Johns Hopkins University, so far, Peru remains one of the largest outbreaks in Latin America, with at least 1.75 million cases of COVID-19 reported and more than 59,400 deaths. since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Especially in recent weeks, Peruvian officials have repeatedly taken tough measures in public to prevent new waves of epidemics. On April 24, the Peruvian government issued a decree requiring people to wear 2 masks inside grocery stores, shopping centers and pharmacies. Meanwhile, in crowded public areas, starting from April 26, in addition to masks, everyone on the street must wear a plastic mask.
Speaking on television last weekend, interim President Francisco Sagasti said Peru was at the height of its second pandemic, and launched a campaign to distribute masks to the public for free right before the election. The president will take place on June 2021.
Phan Anh (synthesized)