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For EU’s East, Vaccine Persuasion Proves Toughest in Romania

An elderly woman waits in a medical observation area after being vaccinated at a hospital in Bucharest.

An elderly woman waits in a medical observation area after being vaccinated at a hospital in Bucharest.

Photographer: Cristian Cristel/Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images

Romania is struggling more than anywhere else in the European Union’s east to convince people they should get vaccinated against Covid-19.

Despite inoculating its citizens at one of the bloc’s fastest paces, the share of the population wanting to get a shot has hardly budged since October, according to a report this week by the Bratislava-based think tank GLOBSEC.