Romanian Cantacuzino research institute to turn into military unit

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Cantacuzino National Research Institute will be transferred under the authority of the Defence Ministry in a month the latest and will become military unit with military management. PM Tudose made the announcement in the Government sitting on Wednesday, while Defence Minister said he would come up with a draft law in this regard in three weeks.

Cantacuzino Institute will become part of the Defence Ministry in about a month. Maybe a militarized hand will turn out well,” PM Mihai Tudose told Health minister Florian Bodog.

It’s a delicate problem. Based on the check conducted by minister Bodog, we’ll come up with a draft law in 2-3 weeks to turn the institute into a military unit, with a military management,” said Defence Minister, Adrian Tutuianu.

Health minister announced early this month that Cantacuzino Institute would produce vaccines again, in about 2-3 years.

In spring, the Health minister heralded a collaboration of the Cantacuzino Institute with Pasteur Institute from France to prelaunch our national research unit.

Cantacuzino Institute went under the Health Ministry’s authority in December last year after it had served under the jurisdiction of the National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation.

Cantacuzino National Institute of Research-Development for Microbiology and Immunology (CNIR) is a national institute in Romania, which does scientific research in the fields of microbiology, immunology, molecular biology and genetics, and education of microbiology, immunology, epidemiology, training of scientific and technical. Despite ranking among the most appreciated immunological producers in the world, the institute has started to face decline since February 2010, after the National Agency of Medicines withdrew its authorization to sell products for injection, including vaccines, as the fabrication standard had expired. Under these conditions, some immunization national programs have been blocked for several months, while the authorities being compelled to import other vaccines.

Media and civil society have long blamed the state authorities of closing their eyes or even of being hand in hand with the foreign drug companies that would want their medicine and vaccines prevail on the Romanian market.

Cantacuzino Institute’s employees have repeatedly protested against the situation and the dissolution of the institution in the past two years, even asking for the President’s involvement.

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