Wed, 29 Sep 2021

DUBLIN, Ireland: Romania's government has announced that it will begin delivering coronavirus vaccines to Ireland in the coming weeks.

Earlier, Taoiseach Michel Martin said Ireland was to purchase 1 million Covid vaccines after Romanian president Klaus Iohannis said his country was trying to sell its vaccines because of low inoculation rates.

"We are currently holding technical discussions with our Irish counterparts and we aim at securing the delivery shortly, in the following weeks," Andrei Baciu, state secretary at Romania's health ministry, told The Irish Times.

Contrary to rumors that the Ireland-Romania vaccination agreement had stalled, Baciu said, "Moving this amount of highly sensitive biological products is no easy task and requires appropriate planning. Specialists from both countries are working together to sort out the final logistics details."

The deliveries from Romania could boost the Irish Government's rollout of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to teenagers over the summer.

Initially, it was believed that Romania would send Ireland 700,000 doses of Pfizer vaccination and 300,000 of Moderna, but Baciu said the precise numbers are still to be worked out.

"The exact volumes of each vaccine that are going to be delivered to Ireland depends on balancing the final logistics solutions identified, vaccine availability and (domestic) needs for both vaccines," he said.

Dr Baciu declined to reveal the price being paid, but insisted that "Romania is not pursuing financial profit from this operation" as it looks for buyers of doses that could expire without being used in his country.

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