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Poor Eastern Europe donates vaccine to rich Western countries: a modern paradox


Romania donates millions of coronavirus vaccines to western EU countries, while only 30% of Romanians are fully vaccinated. There is an ‘iron vaccine curtain ‘ in Europe. Meanwhile, some Western countries already want to switch to a third shot, a so-called booster.

Millions of vaccines that are actually intended for Romania go to Ireland and Denmark. The fact is quite a curious. In Romania, 70 percent have had a first shot and only 30 percent have been fully vaccinated. In Ireland, 87 percent have had a first shot and 73 percent have been fully vaccinated. That’s very different.

The reason why Romania is donating vaccines is their expiry date. They have placed new orders with Pfizer and Moderna, but there are still millions of vaccines that need to be made.

It can be concluded that a ceiling has been reached in Romania in terms of the number of inhabitants who wish to be vaccinated. Therefore, there seems to be an ‘iron curtain’ between Eastern and Western Europe. From Tallinn to Athens, from Gdansk to Zagreb: the figures are below the EU average. This is not because there are too few vaccines, but people do not want to do the jabs more. The percentage does not even exceed 20% in Bulgaria.

It is partly due to a lack of confidence in the vaccine, but mainly because people have no confidence in the health system. This has been the case for some time, but in recent years resistance to authorities has increased. The Roman Catholic Church also plays a role.


Written by: Grace Kennedy

Grace Kennedy is a leading journalist, columnist of events in Ireland and beyond. 8 years in journalism, since she dropped out of university and ran away from home.

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