Peru’s foreign minister resigned on Tuesday after admitting that she received an early dose of a Chinese coronavirus vaccine candidate before Peru had officially launched its vaccination campaign.
Peruvian President Francisco Sagasti said on Monday that he had accepted Elizabeth Astete’s resignation from the role of foreign minister. He added that an official probe was underway to determine how Astete and a slew of other senior Peruvian government officials had received early doses of a coronavirus vaccine candidate manufactured by China’s state-run pharmaceutical company Sinopharm.
Astete led Peruvian government negotiations to purchase the Sinopharm vaccine candidate. She said in a statement on Sunday that she received a Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine candidate on January 22, adding that she believed the shot was one of the “remaining doses of the batch held by the Cayetano Heredia University.” Astete referred to the Peruvian university in charge of clinical trials for the vaccine candidate.