Romania ‘one of the highest Covid vaccination rates in the European Union,’ vaccine czar says

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Romania has the third highest Covid-19 vaccination rate in the European Union, and is sixth highest in the word, the vaccine rollout coordinator said Tuesday.

Valeriu Gheorghita, known to the Romanian public for addressing the public wearing his military uniform and a mask, said Romania had vaccinated 7.26 people per 100 people on Tuesday, the same rate as Denmark.

Malta has inoculated the highest rate in the bloc, while Britain which has left the EU has by far the highest vaccination rate in Europe.

„We are in third place,”   said, adding that 3% had also received a booster shot,” the vaccine chief said. “At a global level, we are in sixth place as far as the booster shot goes,” he said according to Agerpres.

He said there were currently 414 vaccine centers for Pfizer and Moderna shots and 192 for AstraZeneca inoculations.

There are currently more than  476,000 people scheduled to get their first jab of Pfizer and  614,.000 waiting for their booster shot up until 17 April.

There are another 118,000 people waiting for an appointment to get their first jab of the  AstraZeneca vaccine and 201,000 scheduled to get their booster shot between now and mid-March.

About 837,000 people in Romania have received at least one jab. About 81% of those had  a Pfizer jab,  9.3% opted for Moderna and  9.73% AstraZeneca,

Britain had the highest Covid-19 vaccination rate in Europe having administered 26.81 doses per 100 people in the country on February 21.

The UK was the first country in Europe to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for widespread use and began inoculations on December 8, 2020.

 Serbia, also not a member of the EU, is in second place in Europe and had carried out 14.5 doses of the vaccine per 100 population on Sunday.


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