Nobody in Moldova has received a Covid jab yet – and our neglected healthcare system is unable to cope.

Moldova, Europe’s poorest country, has not been able to deliver a single jab yet because it can’t afford to buy the vaccine.

The Moldovan government does not expect to receive its first batch of vaccine before the end of February, and even that timetable is uncertain and fraught with bureaucratic delays. Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia are in a similar predicament. This is what the “catastrophic moral failure” over vaccine distribution, in the words of the head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, looks like in Europe.

Photograph: Roveliu Buga/AP


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