Serbia will start the vaccination action against COVID-19, and PM is the first in line
December 24, 2020 – 4:27 p.m.
A medical worker disinfects the window of the testing cabin while waiting for patients to be tested for coronavirus at the Institute for Virology, Vaccines and Serums “Torlak” in Belgrade on December 24, 2020.
BELGRADE: Prime Minister Ana Brnabić received the first vaccine against COVID-19 in Serbia on Thursday, launching a mass dosing plant for doses developed by Pfizer and BioNTech.
Serbia is the third country in Europe to start mass inoculations against COVID-19 after Britain and Switzerland.
Approximately 4,875 doses of Pfizer and BioNTech coronavirus vaccines were transferred to Serbia on Tuesday.
“I am honored to be able to do that for my country and be the first, paving the way for other citizens (to get vaccinated),” Brnabic said after being vaccinated at the Institute of Virology, Vaccines and Serums in Belgrade.
Most countries in the European Union, which Serbia wants to join, will start vaccination against COVID-19 on December 27.
The United States has given emergency approval for vaccination injections developed by Pfizer / BioNTech as well as Moderna.
Brnabic said that shipments of Chinese Sinopharm vaccines and Russian Sputnik V vaccines are expected to arrive in the country soon, but she did not specify any specific time frame.
She said that President Aleksandar Vučić will most likely receive the Sinopharm vaccine. “We agreed that the two of us would make recordings of different producers,” Brnabic told reporters. Serbia will also receive AstraZenec and Moderna vaccines next year.
Most Pfizer / BioNTech start-up vaccines will be given to seniors placed in retirement homes.
Serbia reported 4,426 coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours and 52 deaths on Wednesday. Since the start of the pandemic earlier this year, about 312,000 people in the country, including more than 3,000 nurses and doctors, have become infected and 2,833 have died. Hospitals are working at full capacity.