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September 18, 2021

PM Grindeanu asks Gov’t to set up operational group to provide solutions to immunisation crisis

Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu has asked Government to set up urgently an operational group made up of officials of the government, professional associations and civil society leaders to come up with solutions to the immunisation crisis that will also prevent similar situations from happening in the future.

“It is our duty, of the Government and the Health Ministry, to find solutions to secure the necessary vaccine pool. We cannot make vaccination compulsory under law as long as the necessary vaccine doses are not secured,” Grindeanu is quoted as saying in a press statement released on Friday.

The operational group would be entrusted with a clear mandate that would include coming up with proposals to amend the legal framework so that in the short run the necessary vaccine doses may be acquired while in the future the vaccine stock may be predictably and continually secured.

Grindeanu is further quoted as saying that he is fully open to the relevant legislation being urgently amended, calling on the Health Ministry, officials of professional associations and civil society leaders to put forth, as soon as possible, amendments to the law.

“This is the time for urgent, targeted action. It is inadmissible that children die from preventable diseases. I believe we have to talk about prevention and health education, and family physicians have an important word to say,” added Grindeanu.

Health Minister Florian Bodog is quoted as saying he will suggest the establishment of a management unit for the immunisation programme at the Health Ministry that will be entrusted with securing the continual and on-time procurement of vaccines to prevent procurement hiatuses.

The measure would be promoted under a government decision ahead of the approval of the healthcare bill.

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