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Saturday, October 16 • 16:50 - 17:20
Covid-19: hospitals bought syringes on their own

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When the pandemic hit Romania, one of the first measures taken by the government during the emergency situation was to prolong the term for answering to FOIA requests. This was the first sign that something bad was happening. When covid vaccination started, the government bought syringes from Qatar, through a private Romanian company. The acquisition procedure was not transparent. A military plane which had transported soldiers to a NATO mission in Iraq to fight terrorism, brought the medical devices in the country . According to the experts, the Army’s involvement in the transport of syringes, although not stipulated in the initial contract, vitiated the public procurement procedure.
Published procurement data exposes how hospitals bought syringes on their own, at a lower price. The company that won the governmental contract made over half a million profit. The estimated profit from this contract equals almost 80 percent of the company’s accumulated profit in 8 years of existence.

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Andrei Ciurcanu

Investigative reporter, OCCRP
Andrei Ciurcanu has been a journalist since 2006 specialized in written and video investigations. He covered topics like human and drug trafficking, land grabbing, environmental organized crime groups. He is one of the few Romanian journalists who investigated the organ trafficking... Read More →
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Ana Poenariu

Investigative reporter, RISE Project
Ana Poenariu started working as a photojournalist and in 2014 she became an investigative reporter for Digi 24 Television. One year later she joined RISE Project Romania.She worked on several stories related to European funds, real estate assets owned by politically exposed persons... Read More →

Saturday October 16, 2021 16:50 - 17:20 CEST
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