The problem predates the pandemic, but coronavirus restrictions have exacerbated it.
Amid trauma of defeat, there has been little discussion of the ethical implications of state-sponsored programme.
The country is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, but production and consumption of fossil fuel continues to grow.
Infections are on the rise as conspiracy theories fuel scepticism, further hobbling immunisation efforts.
Scarcity of in-patient care means that many struggle to access help.
Rates are half of what they are in the rest of Moldova as locals wait for Sputnik V jab.
Vulnerable and isolated older people appear left to fend for themselves.
With only 2.6 per cent of adults fully vaccinated, the country awaits promised doses.
Despite official insistence that Cuba’s famous health care system is coping, Covid-19 pressures have left many citizens without treatment.
Supplies have yet to arrive in the country – and then there is public scepticism to overcome.