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EU sends COVID-19 drugs, equipment to Romania to tackle health crisis

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The European Commission announced on Friday that it has coordinated a shipment to Romania of 250 oxygen concentrators, crucial devices to boost the supply of medical oxygen which is needed to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients, according to Reuters.

Countries in the European Union have sent COVID-19 drugs and equipment to treat patients in Romania, which is facing a surge in infections largely among the unvaccinated majority of the adult population.

Poland sent 50 of the 250 concentrators, while the remainder came from an EU stockpile.

The EU has also coordinated the shipment of 5,200 vials of monoclonal antibodies from Italy to Romania, the Commission said in a press release. Monoclonal antibodies are an experimental treatment for COVID-19 patients.

The EU will also coordinate the shipment of eight additional oxygen concentrators and 15 ventilators from Denmark.

Only about one-third of Romania’s adult population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to EU public data.

Official data earlier this week showed more than 70% of confirmed infections were in unvaccinated people, as well as 93% of deaths.