Former Peruvian President Martin Vizcara tested positive for the coronavirus six months after being vaccinated, leading to a political scandal.
“Despite taking precautions not to bring the virus home, my wife and I are positive for COVID-19,” Vizcara announced on Twitter on Sunday. “My family is alone. Let our defense be reduced ”.
The epidemic came in October, the week the former president was banned from the Peruvian Congress political office for failing to administer the synoform vaccine. Therefore he cannot occupy the recently won deputy seat.
Martin Vizcara, 58, was convicted of the “vacuumgate” scandal. It was revealed in February that a group of 470 people had been secretly vaccinated against coronavirus before the immunization campaign officially began. The scandal, which has plagued the country for days, led to the resignation of Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti and Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Asset.
Mr. Vizcara denied that he had been properly vaccinated. He said he and his brother, wife and volunteer for the clinical trial before the vaccine campaign officially began.
The former president has been embroiled in an investigation into allegations of corruption during his tenure as governor of the Mokwe area of southern Peru from 2011 to 2014. He said the allegations were baseless.
It was against this backdrop that in November 2020 the Congress removed him as head of state. The removal of this prominent president, who was taken up by the Crusade against corruption, then provoked violent demonstrations, during which two people were killed and a hundred wounded.
Pollution by Martin Vizcara could restore questions about the effectiveness of vaccines from a Chinese laboratory synoform purchased by Lima in Peru.
The country is facing the peak of a second epidemic wave, which has fueled a variant that originated in Brazil.
Peru’s latest daily number has reached 59,440 since the outbreak, bringing the total number of cases to over 1.7 million, in a country with a population of 33 million.