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August 18, 2022

PM Citu: I would like to know who from Health Ministry delayed tender for Tocilizumab

Interim PM Florin Citu asked for the clear identification of the person who “obviously” delayed, from April to October, a tender that was supposed to lead to the acquisition of a medicine used in treating COVID-19 patients, in the context of a recent request with the EU Mechanism for Civil Protection to buy Tocilizumab for Romania.

“It seems like a tender started at the Ministry of Health for Tocilizumab back in April, as an investigation we are currently conducting into how the 4th wave was prepared, in terms of medicine, shows. So there was someone who delayed this tender from April until a week ago. It’s like we have just realized, suddenly, that we do not have this medicine. So I would like to know who precisely from the Ministry of Health delayed this tender for this medicine for so many months, from April until a week ago, when it was eventually finalized. And it is also very important that all this information is shared with the public so that we see who should be held accountable for this,” Citu told a videoconference on Friday with the representatives of the National Centre for Intervention Coordination and Management (CNCCI).

He asked the head of the Department for Emergency Situations (DSU), Raed Arafat, to explain what happened with the medicine requested through the Mechanism for Civil Protection, among which Tocilizumab.


Some 92-94pct of COVID-19 deaths in Romania in unvaccinated people


Head of the Emergency Management Department (DSU) Raed Arafat said on Friday that 92-93% of people who died from SARS-COV2 infection in Romania were unvaccinated, with the percentages remaining stable over the past few weeks.

“Unfortunately, today we had a record number of deaths. Today’s figures reflect what was in the last 24 hours, to which deaths reported in September are added. The September 27 to October 3 INSP [National Public Health Institute] report shows that 92.6% of the reported deaths were in unvaccinated persons. In the week of September 27 to October 3, 73.7% of the confirmed cases were recorded in unvaccinated individuals, so the percentages remain stable over the past weeks; we are still around 92-93% of deaths in unvaccinated people and around 73-75% in people who are confirmed,” Arafat said at the National Centre for Response Coordination and Management at Ciolpani.

He added that 85.8% of all deaths have been in people over 60, and 94.4% of those who died have at least one associated comorbidity, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Romania, Hungary discuss transfer of severely ill COVID-19 patients


Head of Romania’s Emergency Management Department (DSU) Raed Arafat announced on Friday that there are talks with Hungary for the transfer of severely ill COVID-19 patients.

“It is already known that there are talks with Hungary. A mechanism is being set up making it possible for us to use facilities (…) in the cross-border area. And we expect that to be completed. It cannot be completed in one day or two. There are talks and we expect our colleagues to come and tell us about their final solution. It is possible to do it, but we are waiting for them over there to tell us what the agreed mechanism is. And, of course, we’ll see how we work with them. (…) From the border area and not only, because we can also transfer from Bucharest to Arad and from there we can cross the border. The problem is to improve the transfer mechanism – what patients, how many patients, where exactly, doctors, liaison staff to help there,” Arafat said at the National Centre for Response Coordination and Management at Ciolpani.


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