Bulgaria, Romania to donate nearly expired vaccines

Both said they wanted to begin donating vaccines in order to avoid the destruction of expired quantities. [EPA-EFE/Leszek Szymanski]

Bulgaria will donate 172,500 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Bhutan, with all delivery costs to be borne by the recipient. Earlier this month, both said they wanted to begin donating vaccines in order to avoid the destruction of expired quantities.

Earlier this year, Bulgarian authorities promised to donate vaccines to North Macedonia. Sofia then opened vaccination points on the border with North Macedonia, where the vaccines were given to Macedonians by Bulgarian doctors.

Bulgaria has received nearly 5 million doses of EU-approved vaccines to date, but less than 2 million doses have been used.

Nearly 16% of Bulgarian citizens have been vaccinated with at least one dose, which ranks the country last in the EU in terms of COVID-19 vaccination coverage. 

For its part, Romania will donate 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam, President Klaus Iohannis has announced.

Iohannis had a telephone conversation with the president of Vietnam, Nguyễn Xuân Phúc, about the bilateral relation, including cooperation in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vietnam was one of the countries that donated medical supplies to Romania last year, at the beginning of the pandemic.

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