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Theft of vaccines against Covid-19 in Santiago: they investigate two doctors and ask the Nation for help


They try to establish if the doses lost the cold chain. The Province became a plaintiff.

Julio Rodriguez

04/20/2021 4:34 PM

  • Clarí

  • Society

Updated 04/20/2021 4:34 PM

The Santiago Justice is trying to establish the ramifications of the trucho vaccination: now it is investigating

two doctors

, whose stamps were found in the room where the doses against Covid-19 stolen from those who would have paid between 20 and 30 thousand pesos were applied.

Meanwhile, the State Prosecutor's Office became the plaintiff in the case and the prosecutor Erika Leguizamón investigates who are those who paid to get vaccinated illegally.

Due to the scandal,

there are four detainees

: on Saturday they captured Daniel Dante Díaz (42), emergentologist graduated from the National University of Tucumán, and his wife, María Angélica Coronel (38), a health educator and employee of the emergency service 107.

On Sunday night two nurses fell, both employees of the Ministry: Fermín Medina (53), domiciled in the El Vinalar neighborhood, and Omar Edgardo Véliz (42), from the Huaico Hondo neighborhood.

Some of the vaccines found.

The complaint was filed by the doctor Florencia Coronel, head of Immunizations, for which the prosecution, together with police personnel from the Homicide and Complex Crimes Division, initiated the investigation.

The detainees are accused of stealing

some 300 vaccines

against the coronavirus (Sputnik V, Sinopharm and Covishield) and about 510 influenza vaccines of the regular calendar, in facilities of the Ministry of Health.

In addition,

734,500 pesos

were seized

from the couple's house, hidden in a styrofoam conservatory.

The case is labeled "

aggravated theft and adulteration of medicinal substances (art. 163, Inc. 5 and Art. 200 of the Penal Code) to the detriment of the provincial State

," reported the Prosecutor's Office.

Two stamps

In the last hours, it was learned that the seals of two doctors were found in the trucho vaccination (their identity has not been revealed for now).

The Prosecutor's Office directed its investigation to find out if the stamps were


from professionals

or if they are apocryphal.

The money seized.

From the Medical Council of this province, its president David Jarma explained to the press that complaints are usually received from professionals whose stamps or licenses have been stolen and that is registered in the institution, so that "everything that is done later with those documents the professional is not valid and is legally protected ".

"In this case, we have not received any notification and

we are not aware of whether there is a doctor involved,

" he said.

Cold chain

Meanwhile, the almost 300 vaccines against the coronavirus were recovered, but it is necessary to verify if the cold chain "

was preserved,

" said the undersecretary of Health, César Monti.

For that, the Nation was asked for help, in order to corroborate whether the vaccines "are inactivated or not."

"What we have seen in the raids is that a freezer and vaccine containers have been found that are kept at -25 degrees, but we do not know if that cold chain was maintained all time. We need help from the Nation to know if these doses they are

disabled or not,

"he said. 

It is estimated that 68 vaccines would be missing and it is not known who they went to.

In the trucho vaccination, for each dose applied, they

charged between 20 and 30 thousand pesos

, according to the hypothesis that the Justice handles.

Researchers are trying to figure out if it is a gang that involves more people and aims to find out who received the vaccine in exchange for money.


Look also

Two health workers, imprisoned for stealing at least 300 vaccines against the coronavirus

Theft of vaccines against Covid-19 in Santiago del Estero: two other nurses fall

Source: clarin

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