Two senior officials of the Basque Health Service (Osakidetza), the managers of the Bilbao hospitals in Basurto, Eduardo Maíz, and Santa Marina, José Luis Sabas, in both cases former councilors of the PNV in the city, have resigned this Wednesday for having been vaccinated against COVID-19 when they were not part of the priority groups defined for it. As of Tuesday, only 900 toilets in the Basque Country had received the first dose.
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Sources from the Health Department confirm that “the managing directors of OSI Bilbao Basurto and the Santa Marina hospital have resigned” and explain that they do so “after not complying with the protocol established for vaccination against COVID-19.” ‘El Correo’ indicates that Maíz has apologized by email to the hospital staff. As explained, first-line personnel, such as ICU teams, would be immunized first, and later the rest of the toilets would continue.
Eduardo Maíz has a degree in Medicine and held positions in Basque Health until he jumped into municipal politics in Bilbao, where he has been responsible for the areas of Security, Urban Planning or Social Action during the stage of the late Iñaki Azkuna, who was also a director of Health with the Lehendakari José Antonio Ardanza before being mayor of Bilbao. Sabas, an architect by profession, came to Osakidetza in 1985 as head of infrastructure. In Bilbao, he led the Culture and Works portfolios, although he has also been responsible for the regional railway administrator, ETS.