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Ecuador names new health minister after vaccine program criticism

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno on Monday, March 1st, named an experienced surgeon as the Andean country’s health minister, following the previous minister’s resignation following accusations of irregularities in a pilot program for coronavirus vaccinations.

Rodolfo Farfan, 63, will replace Juan Carlos Zevallos, who is under investigation by state prosecutors for mishandling the vaccine rollout after he participated in an inoculation effort at a nursing home where his mother lives. Zevallos resigned on Friday.

His resignation followed scandals in Latin American countries including Peru and Argentina over nepotism and favoritism in the distribution of scarce . . .

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