The Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila, states that Romania, like other European countries, will redirect unused COVID vaccines to the United Nations COVAX mechanism or donate them to other member states, as recently discussed in the meeting of European Union health ministers.
“As long as there is interest in the European Union for vaccine doses in Romania that are in excess, we will take steps to sell them. But if at this point, at some point, it will not be possible, we will access all the ways that have been established at European level and at the United Nations level for the donation of these vaccines “, says Rafila, according to news.ro.
“The vaccination campaign is the one you know, I do not want to comment on the success or failure of this vaccination campaign. We managed to vaccinate 50% of the adult population of Romania, it is less than other countries have succeeded. Regarding the use of vaccines, this was also discussed at the meeting of health ministers in the European Union. The amounts of unused vaccine in each Member State – because you know it was a general Union contract with vaccine manufacturers – will be redirected to the United Nations mechanisms – COVAX or donations to other Member States. We have done a good thing, I say, beyond donations, since the second month of my term we have managed to direct to Germany, by sale, not by donation, a quantity of five million doses of vaccine.
As long as there is interest in the European Union for vaccine doses in Romania that are in excess, we will take steps to sell them. But if this is not possible at some point, we will be able to access all the ways that have been established at European and United Nations level for the donation of these vaccines so that by the end of this year – this is the goal of the end. to this pandemic – 70% of the global population should be vaccinated “, Alexandru Rafila declared on Saturday, in Bistrita.