Epidemiologist warns COVID situation in Serbia worst in Europe

Serbian PM Ana Brnabić said on Sunday that vaccination was the only true solution for the COVID-19 epidemic. [EPA-EFE / ANDREJ CUKIC]

Serbia is one of the states hardest hit by the virus since the pandemic broke out, said the country’s leading epidemiologist, Dr Zoran Radovanović.

In an interview with Nezavisnost.org, Radovanović criticised a decision by the COVID-19 Crisis Headquarters not to take more restrictive measures to curb the spread of the virus.

“The decision not to bring a decision reflects the response team’s consistency in doing nothing. Such a loose and inconsistent attitude towards fighting the pandemic over the last 17 months, after the suspension of a state of emergency, has placed us among the states hit hardest by the pandemic,” the doctor said, adding that the government’s Covid response team was appeasing public opinion, instead of listening to science and medical experts.

Asked whether vaccination offered sufficient protection against the virus, Radovanović said that vaccination was the most crucial measure for curbing the spread of COVID-19 but that, by rule, it must be accompanied by other measures.

Serbian PM Ana Brnabić said on Sunday that vaccination was the only true solution for the COVID-19 epidemic, describing anything else as “half-measures and prolonging the agony.”

She said that, without vaccination, there would be “wave after wave of the epidemic, until all the unvaccinated are infected.” “Anything else is a red herring from the only important thing, which is vaccination. When we talk about other measures, we’re not talking about vaccination. I saw that in all previous waves,” Brnabić said.

(EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)

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