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HealthMin: I asked the Commissioner for Health to make “Cantacuzino” Institute an EU regional pole for vaccines

Minister of Health Florian Bodog on Wednesday told Agerpres that he requested the European Commissioner for Health to make the “Cantacuzino” Institute the “EU regional pole” for the production of vaccines.

“The “Cantacuzino” Institute will be taken over by the Ministry of Defense (MApN). Procedures have already started. Everything that depended on the Ministry of Health has already been done. All the approvals are ready and we continue to work in parallel with our colleagues from the MApN. As you know, we had a meeting with the European Commissioner for Health, during which we requested that the “Cantacuzino” Institute be made a EU regional pole for the production of vaccines, as a backup in such cases where there are problems related to certain batches of vaccines or other types of production related problems or problems related to the supply of vaccines to a certain country,” Bodog said.

He stated that Prime Minister Mihai Tudose will send a letter this week to the European Commission to ask for financial support for the “Cantacuzino” Institute.

“Mr Commissioner really encouraged me, so that the Prime Minister will send a letter these days related to this topic to ask for support. As you know, Mrs. Commissioner Corina Cretu, too, has announced that there will be funds allotted to the “Cantacuzino” Institute,” said Bodog, at the workshop opening the Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life program organized by Aspen Romania Institute.

The opening of the event, which took place at the HIV/AIDS and Infectious Diseases European Academy within the “Prof. Dr. Matei Bals” National Institute of Infectious Diseases was also attended by Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu, President of the Romanian Microbiology Society Alexandru Rafila and President of the Aspen Institute Romania Mircea Geoana.

The Healthcare & Quality of Life has been developed by Aspen Institute Romania and is set to extend the scope of health-related public debates in Romania and to support a sustainable reform in this sector and to develop a community dedicated to the programme, with members from both the public and the private sector, and also from the civil society and the academic environment.

A key objective for the 2017-2018 programme is represented by the identification of priorities in the context of the Romanian presidency of the European Union Council of 2019.

The workshop brings together decision-making factors, renown specialists of the medical sector, experts in the health sector, medical technological and representatives of the pharmaceutical sector, of the academic environment and researchers, as well as leaders from the relevant business environment, playing a significant role in the development of health policies.


Minister-delegate Negrescu: Medical sector needs to endorse Romania’s bid for hosting European Medicines Agency


Minister-delegate for European Affairs Victor Negrescu stated on Wednesday at the opening workshop of the Aspen Healthcare & Quality of Life programme that the medical sector’s representatives, as well as other stakeholders in the area need to support Romania’s bid for hosting the European Medicines Agency, in order to prove unity around a country project.

“I have come to this conference to speak with the participants about the things that we can do on a European level in the healthcare area. Besides talking about European policies in the area, we will talk about the need for Romania’s medical sector to endorse Romania’s bid for hosting the European Medicines Agency. We need a large number of actors involved in this,” Victor Negrescu told Agerpres.

When asked if the governmental side carried out discussions with actors of Romania’s medical sector, the Minister-delegate for European Affairs mentioned: “This week, a meeting took place with the pharmaceutical and medical industry.”

“The message is a positive one, we expect they will come up with a letter signed by a good part of them, supporting Romania’s candidacy. We need, indeed, doctors who are involved in the area, specialists to join our project because, actually, it is a country project. Beyond winning the Agency or the final result, the most important for us is to prove that around this element of public interest we can all be united and we can carry out a campaign in which all forces go in the same direction,” Negrescu also said.


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