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May 14, 2021
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Ambassador Noble, Professor Paunescu, Director of OncoGen, discuss possible COVID-19 vaccine over phone

British Ambassador to Romania Andrew Noble on 12 May held a productive call with Professor Virgil Paunescu, Director of the Centre for Gene and Cellular Therapies in the treatment of Cancer – OncoGen, which is developing a possible vaccine to combat Covid19, a press release from the United Kingdom Embassy in Romania informs.

“We know that the path to a COVID-19 vaccine is challenging and must be an effort under emergency conditions involving governments, the pharmaceutical industry and the scientific community around the world. In this context, the British Government donated 388 million pounds for vaccines, tests and treatments, and on May 4 was one of the hosts of the World Donors’ Conference, where 6.5 billion pounds were raised from governments around the world”, said Andrew Noble, according to the release of the British Embassy.

He spoke about future initiatives, together with the Romanian center, saying that he appreciated the opportunity to learn from Professor Paunescu about the evolution of tests for his vaccine .  “We will gladly assist his team in making contact with British vaccine researchers so that they and his team can discuss and share their research,” Ambassador Noble is quoted as saying.

Noble also stressed that “Romania should be proud to have produced a potential vaccine, which will contribute to a better understanding of the virus.”

“Adequate funding for vaccine research and the sharing of knowledge in the field are the only elements that can defeat this virus”, the Ambassador said.

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