Medical emergency workers decontaminate themselves after attending to a COVID patient in Romania.

Medical emergency workers decontaminate themselves after attending to a COVID patient in Romania.

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Petrut Calinescu / DER SPIEGEL

COVID-19 in Romania From Vaccine Champion to the World's Highest Death Rate

In Romania, where conspiracy theories and warnings from the Orthodox Church are fueling uncertainties, 65 percent of the population hasn't yet been vaccinated against COVID-19. Why hasn't the government been able to get a handle on the situation?
By Lina Verschwele in Bucharest
DER SPIEGEL 45/2021
SPIEGEL International
Paramedics and the reporter at the patient's home: Emergency workers in white protective suits are a common sight these days.

Paramedics and the reporter at the patient's home: Emergency workers in white protective suits are a common sight these days.

Foto: Petrut Calinescu / DER SPIEGEL
First responders on their way to a COVID call: Mr. Florescu, says a neighbor, had been faring badly for days. But it took a long time before anyone called the paramedics.

First responders on their way to a COVID call: Mr. Florescu, says a neighbor, had been faring badly for days. But it took a long time before anyone called the paramedics.

Foto: Petrut Calinescu / DER SPIEGEL
A paramedic rushes to a patient: Most COVID patients didn't trust the vaccine or vaccination. It has only been since the death toll started to rise that many Romanians have decided to get the jab.

A paramedic rushes to a patient: Most COVID patients didn't trust the vaccine or vaccination. It has only been since the death toll started to rise that many Romanians have decided to get the jab.

Foto: Petrut Calinescu / DER SPIEGEL