Giulia Grillo

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Giulia Grillo

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Minister of Health
Assumed office
1 June 2018
Prime MinisterGiuseppe Conte
Preceded byBeatrice Lorenzin
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
15 March 2013
ConstituencySicily 2
Personal details
Born (1975-05-30) 30 May 1975 (age 43)
Catania, Sicily, Italy
Political partyFive Star Movement
Alma materUniversity of Catania
ProfessionPhysician

Giulia Grillo (born 30 May 1975) is an Italian physician and politician who has served as the Italian Minister of Health since 1 June 2018. A member of the Five Star Movement, she has also served as a member of the Chamber of Deputies since 15 March 2013.

Background[edit]

Born in Catania, Grillo studied medicine and surgery at the University of Catania.[1] She later studied at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in 2014.

Political career[edit]

Grillo originally became interested in politics due to the influence of Beppe Grillo (no known relation), the founder of the Five Star Movement.[2] She stood for the Sicilian regional election in 2008, but failed to be elected.

In 2013, she was elected as a member of the Five Star Movement in the Italian general election to the Chamber of Deputies; she was reelected in the general election of 2018.

In contrast to some members of her party who doubt the effectiveness of vaccines, Grillo believes that vaccines are necessary, but has expressed some trepidation about mandatory vaccinations for children, preferring instead a strategy of convincing distrustful parents about the necessity of vaccinations.[3] In addition, Grillo has also criticised the perceived closeness between vaccine manufacturers and the Italian Medicines Agency.[4]

On 1 June 2018, she was sworn in as Minister of Health in the Conte Cabinet, under Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Giulia Grillo, alla Sanità un medico legale - Salute & Benessere". ANSA (in Italian). 2018-05-31. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  2. ^ Musso, Marta (2018-06-01). "Chi è Giulia Grillo, il nuovo ministro della Salute - Wired". Wired (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  3. ^ Horowitz, Jason (2018-06-01). "Italy's New Populist and Anti-Establishment Government Is Sworn In". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  4. ^ Pizzimenti, Chiara (2018-06-01). "Giulia Grillo: la ministra della Sanità contro l'obbligo delle vaccinazioni". VanityFair.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2018-06-04.