Minister of Health has resigned over COVID-19 vaccine.
News Rain Nigeria reports that Ecuador Health Minister, Mauro Falconi, has resigned less than three weeks on the job, following in the footsteps of his predecessor.
Recall that Minister of Health Falconi is the third health minister to resign in some 40 days.
Local media reported major issues on Tuesday and Wednesday with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine rollout in Quito, where senior citizens were made to wait over eight hours in line before being inoculated.
ICYMI: Minister Of Health Resigns Over COVID-19 Vaccine
A report monitored on Newspaper El Comercio, noted that there were also coordination issues with the delivery of jabs, saying that similar issues occurred in Guayaquil.
“Our seniors deserve the utmost respect. What happened today has no justification.
“I have asked for the resignation of the health minister and he will be replaced by Dr Camilo Salinas,” President Lenin Moreno tweeted on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, predecessor, surgeon Rodolfo Farfan, was previously appointed to the post on March 1 to replace Juan Carlos Zevallos, who resigned in late February amid allegations of favoritism in the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines.
Farfan resigned on March 19. Salinas is the sixth health minister in the current government and the fifth since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, El Universo reported.
Ecuador, with a population of around 17 million, has so far recorded over 328,000 infections and almost 12,000 COVID-19 related deaths.