The Peruvian Ministry of Health has purchased a vaccine developed by the Chinese company Sinopharm. 2 thousand doses of the drug were purchased for the research group. Large-scale vaccination of the population began in Peru on February 9 after 300 thousand doses of vaccines were supplied from China. Immunization is supposed to be carried out in three stages: first, the vaccine will be received by medical workers, then - people with chronic diseases and people over 60 years old, then - citizens aged 18 to 59 years.
"After I contacted several officials in December 2020 and January 2021 who tested positive for COVID-19 … I accepted the offer to receive the first dose of Sinopharm vaccine on January 22, 2021," explains his act in social networks a former minister.
This is not the first incident of its kind in Peru. Some high-ranking officials were also vaccinated before the due date. Earlier, the president of the country said that he accepted the resignation of the Minister of Health Pilar Mazzetti because of the scandal around the former head of state Martin Viscarra, who also took the vaccine while still in power. A special commission has been set up to investigate the situation with premature vaccinations in Peru. The current president was vaccinated against coronavirus infection on February 10, on a first come, first served basis.
Similar scandals have erupted in other countries. For example, in Poland, the Warsaw Medical University was fined for providing vaccines to local celebrities, listing them as the doctors who were to be vaccinated first. Polish media reported that politicians from the ruling Order and Justice party were also vaccinated out of turn. In neighboring Lithuania, the country's authorities introduced fines for those who violated the procedure for conducting vaccinations: from 500 to 1500 euros for individuals and from 1500 to 6000 for legal entities. And the chief of the General Staff of the Spanish Armed Forces, General Miguel Angel Villarroya, resigned due to the use of his official position to get vaccinated against coronavirus infection ahead of schedule.