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Peru appoints 6th Foreign Minister in under a year

Peruvian Foreign Minister Elizabeth Astete became the second top official to step down over the scandal.
Peruvian Foreign Minister Elizabeth Astete became the second top official to step down over the scandal.

PERU: Peru on Monday appointed its sixth Foreign Minister in less than a year following a fresh resignation over a growing coronavirus vaccinations scandal.

Veteran diplomat Allan Wagner, 79, was sworn in less than 24 hours after Elizabeth Astete became the second top official to step down over the scandal.

Peru has been gripped in recent days by the news that government officials received the COVID-19 vaccination weeks or even months before the South American country launched its immunization programme.

Peru only began its immunization drive, starting with healthcare workers, in early February after receiving 300,000 doses of vaccine.

The scandal comes with Peru suffering from Latin America's second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, and in the midst of an election campaign for April polls.

The country of 33 million has recorded more than 1.2 million cases and more than 43,700 deaths from COVID-19.

While leaders and government ministers in some other countries made a public display of getting vaccinated to encourage nervous citizens about safety concerns, the secrecy surrounding Peru's top officials getting the shots early has sparked criticism among ordinary folk.

- AFP