Prime Minister Florin Citu announced on Friday in Cluj-Napoca that Romania’s COVID-19 vaccination capabilities will soon increase as some AstraZeneca vaccination centres will turn into Pfizer vaccination centres and more vaccination sites will open with companies.
“I would like to let you know that we are starting to have precisely the doses we kept touting, the number of doses, now people must come up to sign up for vaccinations. There are some changes that will appear in the coming days (…). We will increase the daily flow from 72 to 96, which means increasing the vaccination rate. We will turn more AstraZeneca centres into Pfizer centres to allow more citizens to get their vaccinations, and we will allow companies, business operators, to operate vaccination centres, where will we provide the vaccine depending on the area,” the prime minister said.
He added that in the period immediately ahead, Romania’s vaccination capability will reach 120,000 doses per day.
“We have now reached a capability of 115,000 doses per day; we will reach 120,000 doses per day. We have the doses, we have taken care to get the vaccines, we have the vaccination sites, now, Romanians, if they want – and we have to get back to normal – have to come up and sign up for vaccinations. That is the only solution right now to get out of the pandemic. We want to enjoy the holidays this summer, we want to return to a normal life, we need to get vaccinated,” added Citu.
On Friday, Citu is paying an official visit to Cluj County, accompanied by Interior Minister Lucian Bode.
Citu, Bode and Cluj-Napoca Mayor Emil Boc toured a vaccination site set up at the Ion Creanga Secondary School in Cluj-Napoca. Citu is also scheduled to meet officials of the local events industry and mayors from around Cluj County.
New beds in ICUs, in several Bucharest hospitals for COVID-19 patients
Prime Minister Florin Citu declared on Friday, in northwestern Cluj-Napoca, during a press conference, that for the Bucharest Matei Bals National Institute of Infectious Diseases there will be 20 new fully operational Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds, and at the Bagdasar-Arseni Emergency Hospital in Bucharest, during the next two weeks, there could be a new unit of hospital emergencies.
“At Matei Bals there will be another 20 ICU beds, fully operational – there will be a need to transfer seven doctors and 30 nurses. There will be an evaluation center for patients with SARS-CoV-2. At Bagdasar-Arseni – very important – during the next two weeks, there will be a new emergency room, with 27 emergency beds and 27 ICU beds, and we will not be allocating adults at Grigore Alexandrescu Hospital. There we can allocate 12 ICU beds for children – during the first phase, 10 beds on demand,” the PM said.
He added that the authorities are able to ensure 1,600 ICU beds for patients with COVID-19.
Budget revenues higher than estimated, we expect budget deficit below 7pct
Prime Minister Florin Citu said that budget revenues are higher than estimated, which means that the government expects a budget deficit below 7 percent.
“We have some very good news at this time as regards the economy. (…) The good part is that the budget revenues are higher than estimated, which means that we expect, this year, a smaller budget deficit than the one we estimated at the beginning of the year, namely below 7 percent, it is my target now, a deficit down 7 percent. Something that I am telling you will be highly appreciated by institutional investors, by international institutions and will increase confidence in this government,” Florin Citu told on Friday a press conference at the northwestern Cluj-Napoca City Hall.
Compiled from Agerpres