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Romania's anti-graft agency to probe Covid-19 vaccine deals

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BUCHAREST (Romania), September 22 (SeeNews) - Romania's anti-corruption agency DNA is launching an investigation into the state deals for the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, seeking to establish if they had involved abuse of office, it said late on Tuesday.

The move comes after former finance minister Alexandru Nazare said that he had on a number of occasions expressed concern that Romania is buying too many doses.

"I repeatedly told prime minister Florin Citu that the purchase of 120 million doses of Covid vaccine is not justified," Nazare said during a talk show on Realitatea Plus on Tuesday evening.

For his part, finance minister Dan Vilceanu said the Romanian authorities did nothing illegal.

"Romania simply acquired all the doses it had the right to purchase," Vilceanu said in an interview for TV station Digi24 on Tuesday evening.