Friday, May 7

Romania surpassed the threshold of 100,000 people vaccinated against COVID in 24 hours

For the first time since the beginning of the vaccination campaign against COVID, on December 27th, last year, in Romania more than 100,000 people have been vaccinated in one day. Authorities hope that the rhythm will continue to grow, considering that, starting today, there is no need to schedule the vaccination. Moreover, there are more ways for people to get immunized: marathons, drive-in vaccination centers, at work, in family doctors’ cabinets or in non-COVID hospitals. Such a vaccination marathons stars today in Bucharest, at 4 p.m., at Palace Hall and the National Library. One of the doctors who will be administrating vaccines on the first day is also the coordinator of the campaign, Valeriu Gheorghiţă. He explained the way the two special centers will work.

Valeriu Gheorgiţă: In total, there are 50 vaccination flows, 40 in Palace Hall and 10 at The National Library. These flows will work 24 hours a day. There are three shifts of eight hours insured by 1,200 volunteers, doctors, nurses, students, residents. Nobody will be paid for the activity taking place during these three days. At the same time with the vaccination campaign, and this very important, a very intense information activity will take place, concerning the benefits of the vaccination.

To ease the transport to the vaccination centers and back home, for the citizens of Bucharest, buses will travel at night also, on the routes to the two areas. Similar events will be organized this week end in several cities in the country, including Arad, Sibiu and Braşov.

President Klaus Iohannis joins a reunion concerning the social issues in the EU

President Klaus Iohannis will join a reunion, today and tomorrow, in the Portuguese city Porto, concerning the social issues in the European union but also one referring to the relations of the bloc with India.

The main theme of the summit in Porto is that of optimal implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and wishes to map out priorities of the social agenda for the next decade, so that it responds to challenges posed by the green and digital transition. Tomorrow there will be an informal reunion of the European Council, where chiefs of states and governments of the member states will talk about the relations between the European union and India, as well as managing the coronavirus pandemic. The reunion will be followed by the EU-India summit, by video link, with themes such as consolidation of the cooperation in the connectivity field, agreeing a joint political declaration European Union- India, focused especially on fighting the pandemic and social and economic recovery.

Romania doesn’t feel threatened but worried by the Russian military presence in the region

Romania doesn’t feel threatened but worried by the increased Russian military presence in the region and, because of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, The Black Sea is partially a NATO lake, foreign minister Bogdan Aurescu said yesterday. The diplomacy chief in Bucharest joined Talks Geopolitics, a debate organized online by the European thinktank Policy Center.

Bogdan Aurescu: We don’t feel threatened. Romania is part of NATO – the most successful and strong alliance in history. We don’t feel threatened but, at the same time, we are worried when we see a massive military movement, such a military force demonstration in the region. We can’t not ask ourselves what the reason is for such a thing, what kind of worry does Russia want to send to us, the NATO allies in the region.

The minister also referred to the phrase Black Sea, Russian lake and explained that, because of the presence of the allies in the region, The Black Sea is also a NAT lake and that the Alliance cannot give up the presence in the area. Minister Bogdan Aurescu also drew attention to frozen or prolonged conflicts in the region which, by their nature can become active at any moment, with negative consequences for the local population, the same way things happened in Nagorno-Karabakh. Bogdan Aurescu mentioned that, given these frozen conflicts, a permanent sate of tension and instability can be felt, regarding fundamental rights and real economic and social opportunities but also for the Black Sea region as a whole.

Alexandra Ioniţă, RADOR