Romania will take a delivery of a record one million doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine on Monday, a vaccine coordinator said.
Andrei Baciu, the country’s deputy vaccine coordinator said about 1.1 million shots of Pfizer/BioNTech will arrive in Romania. There will be shipments to Bucharest, and the cities of Cluj and Timisoara in western Romania.
From there, they will be distributed to other vaccine centers he added.
It will be the largest single delivery of the vaccine since the rollout began in late December. Romania has administered 7.4 million doses since then.
More than one-fifth of the population has received at least one jab and 18.4% are fully immunized as of Friday.
European Union funds
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis on Sunday said he hoped Romanians living abroad would get vaccinated so they could travel home to visit their loved-ones. He said an influx of European Union funds would encourage some to move back.
„We need the talent and skills of all Romanians to build a prosperous Romania together to create real opportunities.”
Romania has approved four Covid-19 vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson&Johnson, which requires a single dose.
Romania reported 158 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, a lower figure than on a normal weekday as fewer tests were carried out. Last week there were about 300 new cases every day.
In the past 24 hours, some 69,000 people received jabs, the national vaccine coordination committee said. About two dozen adverse reactions were reported.
The shipment of vaccines which arrive Monday will also be sent out to other places. Constanta, a large Black Sea port in eastern Romania, the central city of Brasov and Iasi, the largest city in northern Romania will receive doses.
„I am glad that the four companies authorized by European Union are delivering the inoculations…. It is important that each dose be used in centers throughout the country „, Baciu said.