Serbia launches COVID-19 vaccination of high-risk groups – Xinhua

BELGRADE, December 24 (Xinhua) – Vaccination against COVID-19 began on Thursday in Serbia, and the priority was set by the users of nursing homes, the Ministry of Health announced.

Prime Minister Ana Brnabić, followed by members of the crisis response team Predrag Kon and Darija Kisić-Tepavčević, were the first to be vaccinated.

The ministry said the remaining doses would be given to people over the age of 75 who live in nursing homes.

Serbia received the initial 4,875 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 on Tuesday. Another series intended for medical staff will arrive soon.

Authorities said mass immunization could begin in January when more vaccines are expected to arrive.

In the country, which has recorded more than 200,000 new cases in the past month, the most serious epidemic of infection since the beginning of the epidemic was recently recorded.

In the past 24 hours, Serbia recorded 4,426 new COVID-19 cases and 51 deaths, resulting in a total of 2,833 deaths.

Currently, 9,672 people are hospitalized nationwide, 309 of whom are connected to respiratory ventilators.

In addition to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which was recently approved by the European Union, Serbia also said it would use vaccines from Chinese and Russian companies. Endemic