Health Minister: 10,000 immunoglobulin doses are to arrive from Austria in two weeks

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Health Minister, Sorina Pintea, has announced on Monday that 10,000 immunoglobulin doses are expected to reach Romania from Austria in two weeks the most and that other two countries, US and Italy will send 100 kilos.

Romania triggered the civil protection mechanism for immunoglobulin a week ago, as the medicine lacks from the domestic market.

The issue is partially solved, at least for two-three months. Austria, Italy and US have answered. The first offer will come from the Austrians, with 10,000 doses to arrive in Romania in maximum two weeks, after the formalities are concluded. The difference up to 150 kilos will come from the US and Italy. 50 kilos will arrive in the first instance (…) The first tranche from Austria is a medicine that has existed on the Romanian market before,” Health minister Pintea said.

Asked what’s happening to the patients who need immunoglobulin before the first doses come, Pintea replied: “It’s very hard for me to answer that”.

The Health Ministry has informed the National Local Office of the European Civil Protection Mechanism within the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations about the decision and about the need that the institution requests the support of the EU Member States for the supply to Romania of the available immunoglobulin quantities. More details here.

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