The Ombudsman is probing why the Cantacuzino Institute no longer produces vaccines – an issue considered as an infringement of the fundamental right to health, as well as a situation that somehow affects the national security of Romania. The Cantacuzino Institute is the only domestic producer of vaccines and serums. Now, all the facilities dedicated to the production of biological products for human use are closed, as they were not authorised by the National Agency for Medicines.“For several months, the institution of the Ombudsman runs its own probe into the non-production of vaccines (against the D-staphylococcus – diluted – an original Romanian product, used in the treatment of staphylococci infections, as well as the vaccines against influenza, tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, and other products like Polidin and Cantastim) by the Cantacuzino Institute, which we see as a serious infringement of the fundamental right to health, provided by art. 34 of the Constitution and an issue that somehow affects the national security of Romania,” reads a press release issued by the Ombudsman.According to the source, this situation increases the danger of authorities being unable to contain the effects of possible epidemics, in the absence of vaccines. Two weeks ago, the Ombudsman demanded the Cantacuzino Institute to provide the information needed by the probe, but it received no answer yet. Furthermore, according to the source, the Cantacuzino Institute, the Health Ministry and other public authorities “with much responsibility in the Romanian society” did not grant support to the Ombudsman, although this is an obligation stipulated by the Constitution. The spokeswoman of the Health Ministry, Oana Grigore said yesterday, for Mediafax that the Institute has a new top management team, following the resignation of former interim General Manager Dorel Lucian Radu, at the end of last week. The trade union of the Institute asked him to resign last week and accused him of blocking the activity of the institution. He was replaced by Radu Iordachel, who had been dismissed in 2010 by the Health minister of that time, Cseke Attila, over his failure to deal with the problems that had plagued the vaccine production facilities.