Romanian Government



Saturday, 26 December

Press statements by Prime Minister Florin Cîțu, alongside Doctor Valeriu Gheorghiță, coordinator of the national anti-COVID vaccination campaign, at the arrival of the first batch of anti- COVID-19 vaccine, at the Cantacuzino National Institute for Medical-Military Research and Development, National Storage Center


Press statements by Prime Minister Florin Cîțu, alongside Doctor Valeriu Gheorghiță, coordinator of the national anti-COVID vaccination campaign, at the arrival of the first batch of anti- COVID-19 vaccine, at the Cantacuzino National Institute for Medical-Military Research and Development, National Storage Center

 

 

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Florin Cîţu: Good morning! First of all, I would like to thank all the Institute employees. They worked yesterday, even though it was Christmas, they were here, they made the preparations, and today, you could see, we received the first doses of the vaccine. I would like to emphasize that the vaccination campaign starts at the same time in Europe.

Therefore, we worked hard and we managed to get everything ready to start the Vaccination Campaign in Romania on the same day as it starts all over Europe. It is an important moment, we have been waiting for it for a year since we found out about this pandemic, and the appearance of the vaccine, its delivery and distribution in a record time will in my opinion help to limit and eradicate the pandemic in the shortest time possible. Of course, in addition to the measures we have already implemented, the vaccine only comes to help this. You know very well, tomorrow, the official vaccination campaign starts, the first dose of vaccine will be given tomorrow. Now we have received the first 10,000 doses, and weekly we will receive around 140,000 doses. Romania will have around 10 million doses of vaccine. And, looking at how things have gone so far, I am sure that we will have a very smooth campaign. Vaccination in Romania is free, it is not mandatory, and regarding information that has to reach population, and Ordinance 63 will be completed in order to continue this vaccination campaign in mass –media. Thanks a lot to all those who worked on this, it was a huge effort, lot of work has been done, and the results are very good. Congratulations! I will let specialists to give you more details about the next steps. Thank you!

Valeriu Gheorghiță: Good morning. Thank you for attending! I would like to begin by saying that I am very happy that today, the vaccines have safely arrived at the National Institute for Medical-Military Research-Development "Cantacuzino”, the National Storage Center. I remind you that the Cantacuzino Institute, through the National Storage Center, received all the necessary authorizations and approvals from the National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices in Romania. It is the only centre that currently has storage capacity at minus 80 degrees, adding to the other six regional storage centres.

From this point of view, the logistics and organizational efforts were unprecedented, and, as the coordinator of the national vaccination campaign against COVID-19, I deal with the organization and continuation of the logistics activities. Also, today, on the second day of Christmas, we are one step closer to the start of the vaccination campaign, which kicks off, as I said, on December 27, in the first ten medical units on the front lines of COVID -19 fight. We have all been witnessing intense public interest in this respect.

There is hope, there is trust, at the same time there is hesitation on this topic related to vaccination, but nonetheless, I am glad that we can offer more and more answers to the questions that each person has regarding the importance of vaccination at present, as a safe and effective measure related to the vaccination campaign and the limitation of the negative consequences of the pandemic. Lately, I have received a number of legitimate questions about the first person to be vaccinated.

You will meet the first person to be vaccinated tomorrow, at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases "Prof. Dr. Matei Balş", but I can tell you from the beginning, as coordinator of the vaccination campaign, I am also interested in the second person, the third person and the thousandth person to be vaccinated, from both the medical staff and the other population categories according to the stages of the vaccination strategy. I would be happy to hear the story of every person who decides to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but at the same time, I can tell you that I am also interested in the last person to be vaccinated and the story of this person, because that will be the time when together we can say that we have finished this vaccination campaign and we have put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected our lives this year. It was a year with a lot of difficulties, a year with restrictions, a year in which life was disturbed, but I think that only together can we get through this difficult moment that the world is currently facing. Thank you.

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