About 5,000 persons bitten by dogs reported at “Matei Bals” Institute this year. Antirabic vaccine shortage

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About 5,000 persons bitten by dogs went to have their antirabic vaccine at ‘Matei Balș” Institute this year, the institute’s spokesperson Catalin Apostolescu told Agerpres.

“5,000 persons bitten by dogs were reported at our center so far. We also have an antirabic center for the entire Bucharest and the surrounding counties,” he said, adding that 15 to 20 persons bit by dogs are coming at the center on a daily basis.

However, the official warned that the institute is running out of antirabic and antitetanic vaccines.

“It’s a long-term syncope, as the Health Ministry is renegotiating the vaccine price with the producers. Until the renegotiation procedure is over, we cannot buy the vaccine. We have the money they have it stored but we cannot buy it. It is a issue lasting for two months now,” Apostolescu explained.

On the other hand, the Health Ministry says that vaccine producers have challenged the prices stipulated by law for these vaccines.

“The vaccines are in stores but they cannot be purchased, as the producers don’t accept the prices legally established by the ministry by Order 75, which stipulates that the price of any medicines should be the minimum price in 12 European countries. The Health Ministry is only enforcing the law and cannot ignore that,” Health Ministry’s spokesperson Oana Grigore told Mediafax.

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