Serbia secures 5,000 vaccines for Republika Srpska, postpones donation to North Macedonia

It was stated that this was the result of an earlier agreement between Dodik and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, and a “significant contribution of Serbia to the health system in RS in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.” [Shutterstock/Dragan Mujan]

The Serbian government has secured 5,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses for the immunisation of medical staff in Republika Srpska (RS), the office of the Serb member and president of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik, announced Thursday.

It was stated that this was the result of an earlier agreement between Dodik and Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, and a “significant contribution of Serbia to the health system in RS in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.”

RS has so far obtained 2,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccines, which will be given to the medical staff in covid infirmaries on Friday. Previously, RS Health Minister Alen Šeranić said that a total of 400,000 doses should arrive from Russia in February or March, which is sufficient for vaccinating 200,000 people.

Vučić was expected on Thursday to present a donation of 8,000 Pfizer vaccines to North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev at the Tabanovce border crossing, but Serbian authorities announced that the handover would be postponed.

(EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)

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