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Nearly 4,500 in Romania test positive after COVID-19 vaccination: official

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People choose handmade souvenirs at a fair to celebrate Dragobete, the traditional Romanian Valentine's day, at National Village Museum in Bucharest, Romania, on Feb. 20, 2021. Dragobete falls on Feb. 24 every year. (Photo by Gabriel Petrescu/Xinhua)

Romania started its vaccination campaign on Dec. 27, 2020, and is stepping up its efforts with three vaccines -- Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca.   

BUCHAREST, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- A senior official in charge of Romania's COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Tuesday called on those already vaccinated to continue to comply with the health protection measures as nearly 4,500 people have been infected with COVID-19 after being vaccinated.

As many as 3,969 people tested positive after receiving the first vaccine dose and 446 after the second dose, Valeriu Gheorghita, president of the National Committee for Coordination of Vaccination Activities against COVID-19 (CNCAV), said in a press release.

He stressed the importance of following the preventive measures both before and after vaccination "in order to obtain maximum benefits," given that it takes a period of time for antibodies to develop.

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A medical personnel receives a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Bucharest, Romania, Dec. 27, 2020. (Photo by Gabriel Petrescu/Xinhua)

According to Gheorghita, 0.49 percent tested positive after the first jab and 0.08 percent after the second.

Over 95 percent of these infected people received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, he said.

Gheorghita explained that the vaccines work "at least seven, 10 or 14 days after the administration of the second dose, depending on the type," emphasizing the importance of following the preventive measures, because otherwise people may have that false sense of security and expose themselves in various circumstances to infection.

Romania started its vaccination campaign on Dec. 27, 2020, and is stepping up its efforts with three vaccines -- Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca.

Globally, as many as 70 candidate vaccines are already in clinical trials in countries including Germany, China, Russia, Britain and the United States, according to the latest information published by the World Health Organization. 

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Children arrive with their guardians at a school during COVID-19 pandemic in Bucharest, Romania, Feb. 8, 2021. (Photo by Cristian Cristel/Xinhua)

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