Bulgaria And Romania Are closely linked to the German economy, for example by auto suppliers. However, the vaccine campaign did not move in the corona crisis. Fewer and fewer people want to be vaccinated – which means countries are actively looking for buyers.
According to a report by Bloomberg, tens of thousands of vaccine doses have already been destroyed because their shelf life has expired (complete here) News). This is an issue that could have long-term consequences for Europe’s economic recovery from the Corona recession.
Over the past few months, the pace of the vaccination campaign in the region has slowed rapidly. In April, an average of 100,000 people a day were vaccinated in Romania; In June it was only 18,000. The situation is similar in Bulgaria. An average of 25,000 were paid against Corona in April, up from only 8,000 in June.
Enough vaccine for Argentine rugby team
This puts double pressure on the governments of both the states. For one thing, they need to find ways to increase vaccine readiness among their citizens. In Romania, only a quarter of the population has been vaccinated so far. In Bulgaria it looks even worse.
On the other hand, both countries are now struggling with the issue of finding buyers for vaccine doses already issued before the vaccine expires. In the case of products from Biotech And Astrogenogen It is offered for up to six months. In Romania, according to local media reports, this means that by the end of June, 35,000 AstraZeneca cans will have been destroyed. According to Bloomberg in Bulgaria, the shelf life of 20,000 cans expires in July.
So officials are looking for alternative applications. The vaccine surplus represents 1.1 million doses in Romania in the past Denmark Has sold. Before a game in Bucharest, members of the Argentine national rugby team were vaccinated in Romania.
The Bulgarian travel industry, on the other hand, hopes that the vaccine will attract more tourists to the country. “Bulgaria and all of us have paid our taxes for these cans, so we recommend using them to stimulate vaccine tourism,” quotes Polina Karastoyanova of the Bloomberg Tourism Association.