NM to purchase 100 thousand doses of Sputnik V vaccine

North Macedonia has decided to purchase 100 thousand doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and 200 thousand of Chinese vaccines.

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev has announced that he has instructed institutions to finalize a deal for the purchase of Sputnik V vaccine.

North Macedonia started its inoculation programme on 17 February with the first batch of 4,680 Pfizer vaccine doses donated by Serbia.

The rest of the eight thousand doses are expected to arrive from Serbia next week. Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that until the end of the month, the government is expected to receive a reply in relation to the 800,000 doses it’s negotiating with Pfizer.

The first ones who have been vaccinates are frontline health workers in Skopje, while the process will continue in other parts of the country.

The government has drafted a plan, according to which, the vaccination of frontline workers will be followed by the elderly, people suffering from chronic diseases, teachers and then the rest of the population. The government is aiming to vaccinate at least 500 thousand people in order to achieve herd immunity.

On Sunday, the country recorded 16 fatalities and 254 new cases of coronavirus. TemA

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