After the move caused strong opposition, President Lenin Moreno announced the resignation of Zevallos on Twitter. He posted the minister’s resignation letter, which explained that his decision to resign was due to the “current political climate”. Zevalos added that he also stepped down “to allow the continuation of the national vaccination campaign.”
Zevallos, who oversaw Ecuador’s response to the pandemic, was under fire because it was revealed that the Ministry of Health had invited a university president to vaccinate health workers and the elderly.
Zevallos is the third South American health minister to resign after a similar vaccine scandal.
Pilar Mazzetti of Peru resigned on February 13 after news that a group of politicians including former President Martin Vizcarra had already obtained the use of the Opportunities for vaccines.
On February 20th, Argentina’s Minister of Health, Gines Gonzalez Garcia (Gines Gonzalez Garcia) also resigned. Earlier, a reporter revealed that he was a member of the “VIP Group”, which has been established by the Ministry of Health. Vaccinations were carried out outside the regular vaccination campaign.
Earlier this year, Latin American countries scrambled to buy vaccines. Ecuador has started a vaccination campaign with Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in January.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, a total of 281,169 Covid-19 cases and 15,669 deaths have been reported in the country.