Romania’s Air Force on Monday said it would transport 180,000 doses of AstraZeneca to Tunisia, the first shipment of vaccine donations it is making to four countries.
A C-27J Spartan will also ship antigen tests and health equipment to help fight the spread of the virus in the north African country, a press release said. The military plane was expected to leave later Monday.
Romania plans to donate 425,000 Covid jabs to Tunisia in all, Prime Minister Florin Citu said on August 5.
The Tunisian government asked Romania to help it with vaccine supplies under the European Civil Protection Mechanism.
The mechanism is designed to strengthen cooperation between EU members and six other participating states in the field of civil protection, with a view to improve prevention, preparedness and response to disasters.
The vaccine does will be transported in refrigerated boxes, with cooling and temperature monitoring devices, provided by the Cantacuzino Institute.
The medical equipment includes FFP2 and FFP3 masks.
Five medics and eight medical assistants will also travel to support Tunisian healthcare workers in the fight against SARS-CoV-2.
Romania’s vaccine rate has lagged in recent months after a good start. About one-fourth of Romanians are inoculated.
The Romanian government has sold Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to richer countries in the EU such as Ireland and Denmark.
The Romanian prime minister on Thursday announced Romania would also donate a total of 1.8 million jabs to Tunisia, Egypt, Albania and Vietnam.