Romania administered half the COVID-19 doses it purchased

Romania only administered half of the 32.5 million COVID-19 vaccines it has received so far. [Shutterstock / luchschenF]

Romania only administered half of the 32.5 million COVID-19 vaccines it has received so far, Valeriu Gheorghita, the head of the vaccination campaign, has confirmed.

Romania has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the EU and many severe cases of the virus have been reported among the unvaccinated.

So far, 16.6 million of the 32.45 million COVID-19 purchased vaccine doses were administered to the population. About 7.8 million doses are currently in storage, while 24.6 million doses were donated or sold, Gheorghita also said.

He added that if those doses are not administered – which is likely the case – they could be sold or donated to the COVAX facility.

In recent days, less than 8,000 doses have been administered every 24 hours, and tens of vaccination centres have been closed.

Romania wants to change its vaccination strategy, with the COVID-19 vaccine included in the national vaccine programme and mainly given to vulnerable people.

(Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)

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