With the lowest rate of COVID vaccinations in Europe (36%), Romania is struggling to cope with a fourth wave of the pandemic. The low vaccination rate has been attributed to suspicion of the authorities, deeply held religious beliefs, and an avalanche of social media misinformation. Israel and Romania have warm relations, so in early November the Jewish state rushed emergency medical assistance to the Romanian people.
Quote: “The Foreign Ministry sent a delivery of 40 oxygen tanks to Romania through the Israeli embassy in Bucharest as part of governmental and private-sector aid. The tanks were donated by Elbit Systems and Effi Europe. Additionally, a team of expert doctors led by Dr. Rami Sagi, deputy head of the hospitals department in the Health Ministry, will fly to Romania next week.”
— The Jerusalem Post, Nov. 9, 2021
Sources: CNN.com (introduction), The Jerusalem Post (Introduciton and quotation)
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