Bulgaria looking to donate expiring COVID vaccines

So far, Bulgaria has received 4.8 million doses of vaccines, but only 1.8 million doses have been used. [EPA-EFE/VASSIL DONEV]

Caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Yanev announced that the Bulgarian government is deciding which country to donate their leftover COVID-19 vaccine doses as they are at risk of expiring soon.

So far, Bulgaria has received 4.8 million doses of vaccines, but only 1.8 million doses have been used. 

Vaccination in Bulgaria is not mandatory but such an extreme measure could possibly be sought in the future if the crisis is very acute, Yanev said. At the moment, it is not necessary or even discussed to oblige citizens to be vaccinated. 

The government is considering giving incentives against vaccination, following Greece’s example, possibly giving those fully vaccinated money in the form of vouchers to garner more interest, added Yanev. 

Vaccination in Bulgaria is very slow due to the resistance of GPs and fake news on social networks. The doses administered throughout the country are between 12-13,000 per day and only 15% of Bulgarians are fully vaccinated.

(Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)

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