Serbia will invest €1 billion into national healthcare infrastructure alone, Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said at the opening of a new COVID-19 hospital in the Belgrade suburb of Batajnica on Saturday.
China and Russia were the other two states that had built new hospitals specifically to hospitalise coronavirus patients, Brnabić added.
The Batajnica hospital – the construction of which started on 1 August – will have more than 1,600 healthcare workers, 930 beds, 250 of which are to be in intensive care units with ventilators.
Following the crisis, Serbia will also have a large number of new laboratories with the most up-to-date equipment, said Serbia’s prime minister.
Serbia will also try to ensure all types of vaccines are made available but was unable to specify quantities, she said. However, Serbia will not take part in phase-three clinical trials of a Chinese vaccine candidate.
(EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)