MP Alexandru Rafila of the opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD) said on Friday that the targets set by the government for the COVID-19 vaccination campaign will be missed, adding that Prime Minister Florin Citu is a lucky man, because without being able to reach these targets, he found that the pandemic in Romania is no longer evolving.
"First we have found out about 5 million people vaccinated on June 1, then 10.4 million people - in September, the same figure on August 1, and we've been spinning around some numbers. We've now actually found out that the purpose of vaccination was to stop the pandemic.The pandemic in Romania is evolving only sporadically, but that does not mean that missing these targets, which have been repeatedly supported by the government, will have no impact. Mr Citu surely is a lucky man. Without being able to reach any of the targets he pledged, he found that the pandemic in Romania is no longer evolving. What will happen if we get a significant number of cases in the autumn and return to a situation of personal restrictions that which will stunt the country economically and socially?" Rafila said at a news conference at the PSD headquarters.
He added that the government's action is no sign of seriousness or consistency.
"If from a logistical point of view there is no reproaching as Dr Gheorghita [chief national coordinator of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign] did his job, from the point of view of the effective organisation of the campaign, especially communication and information, convincing the people, generating safety and trust in the government, there has been failure all over the place. There are less than 15,000 people getting vaccinated daily with their first dose, which shows that if this number of people persists throughout the year, a maximum of seven million people will get vaccinated. It is clear that the targets have not been met, nor will they be met, because inconsistency and frivolity are the things that the government is displaying over a very serious public health problem," he added.