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Andrei Baciu: We will donate 100,000 Pfizer vaccines to Moldova this week


National COVID-19 Vaccination Coordination Committee (CNCAV) vicepresident Andrei Baciu declared on Tuesday that Romania would continue at individual and European levels to donate or resell anti-Covid vaccines and pointed out it would make a new donation to Moldova – 100,000 Pfizer doses, this week.


As we know, Serbia benefited from 50,000 donated doses, Ukraine, Argentina, Vietnam – 100,000 Astra Zeneca vaccines and only one sale was made with Denmark for 1,170,000 vaccine doses. The Additional actions will be announced when Romania carries them out. Other similar actions are being carried out at European level and Romania is part of this process,” Said Andrei Baciu at a press conference held at Victoria Palace.


The CNCAV vicepresident explained the EU strategy of purchasing anti-Covid vaccines.“When the European Commission contracted all these vaccine doses from companies which had potential vaccines, there were two important elements. Firstly there was a pre-financing of 2.7 billion euros which EC granted by means of Emergency Support Instrument, to accelerate the development process and production capacities of potential companies. When negotiations started, signing the contract was conditioned by the license those vaccines would receive and their efficiency. At that moment the wish was having as many safe vaccines as possible in the shortest time”.


He explained that at that moment there was no vaccine completed from the technological point of view, with licenses issued by the European Drug Agency or other agencies.

Then, the wish was to have contracts with all potential companies. Most of those contracts proved to be with vaccines which received license and vaccines were efficient. One of the companies did not get the license and gave up the process of developing the vaccine. There was a tendency to have access to all vaccines the European Commission could contract in the shortest time possible, assuming that there would be extra vaccine doses. Those doses could be donated or re-sold to third countries, to other regions. Romania received 4.3% of vaccines contracted by the European Commission,” Baciu said.


He pointed out that the European mechanism of contracting vaccines proved to be a success.“Let us not forget that in Romania we had access to vaccines since the first moments at world level, compared to other countries which Romania baked for the vaccination process,” he showed.


Until now, Romania recievd 19,549,226 vaccine doses: 11,595,129 BionTech-Pfizer, 1,592,400 from Moderna, 3,374,000 from Astra Zeneca, 987,700 from Johnson & Johnson and deliveries will continue.