The general responsible for coordinating Canada’s Covid-19 vaccination campaign has quit his post at the Public Health Agency as he is under military investigation, the ministry said on Friday. of National Defense.
Former commander of the NATO mission in Iraq, Major-General Dany Fortin left his public health mission “pending the results of a military investigation,” the authorities said in a brief statement, without giving more details. details.
Fortin was appointed last November by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to coordinate the logistics of the largest vaccination campaign in Canadian history.
The Canadian military is responsible, in conjunction with the public health agency, for distributing the vaccine to remote communities across this vast country.
The military has been rocked in recent months by a series of investigations into high-ranking officers accused of sexual misconduct.
Among them are retired General Jonathan Vance, a former chief of defense staff, who has denied the allegations made against him.
His successor, Admiral Art McDonald, stepped down a few weeks after his appointment, following an investigation into similar charges.
Last month, Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan tasked Louise Arbor, prosecutor at the international criminal tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, to conduct an independent investigation into the handling of sexual harassment cases in the country. within the army.
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