The president of Moldova, Maia Sandu, announced that the first anti-COVID vaccine shot in the country was administered on March 2. The vaccination cam ...
by Romanian Reporter - Monday, February 1, 2021 9:53 AM
The vaccination campaign against COVID-19 has started in Romania, as in most European countries, on the 27th of December last year. The coordinator of the Romanian national vaccination campaign, Valeriu Gheorghiță, was targeting before the start of the campaign to have 13 million persons vaccinated within 6 months (end of June 2021). The challenges faced by the vaccine manufacturers in meeting the delivery commitments imposed an adjustment of the campaign targets and deadlines.
According to Valeriu Gheorghiță, by mid-April 100.000 Romanians will get vaccinated daily, and on September 1st we can reach the 10 million mark of immunized persons. These assumptions are highly dependable on the future deliveries of vaccines from the already approved manufacturers (BioNTech-Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca) and possibly on new vaccines that might get the European Medicines Agency's approval.
Until the end of January, Romania received 726.820 vaccine doses in 6 installments from BioNTech-Pfizer and 35.600 doses from Moderna. The 7th tranche from BioNTech-Pfizer was received today - another 163.800 doses, which brings the total doses received so far to 926.220 (the actual number of doses available is a bit higher, as during January the European Union regulators had approved doctors drawing up to six doses from each vial of the BioNTech-Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, instead of five).
As of January 31st, 585.218 persons were vaccinated, out of which 479.021 received the first shot of the vaccine and 106.197 persons received both of the required shots. This is only about 5% of the declared target of 10 million, so the pace in the next 7 months should increase significantly to meet it.
Romania expects during February the delivery of 800.000 doses from AstraZeneca, 180.000 from Moderna, and around 163.000 per week from Pfizer, which also promised to increase the quantities delivered from February 15. According to the campaign coordinator, at least 900.000 persons are currently scheduled for vaccination and almost 1 million are on a waiting list, so at this moment there is sufficient demand to absorb all the forecasted deliveries.
According to Our World In Data, in terms of cumulative COVID-19 vaccination doses administered per 100 people, Romania is ahead of many European countries, such as Germany (2.77), France (2.34), Spain (3.15), or Italy (3.24), with a coefficient of 3.59.
At the global level, Romania is ranked 12th, where notable progress is done so far by Israel (54.7), United Arab Emirates (33.7), United Kingdom (13.9), or the United States (9.4).
Photo: Our World In Data / Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccinations