A plane with one million doses of the anti-covid vaccine, Sinopharm, has arrived in Serbia on Saturday, making this the first country in Europe to accept the Chinese vaccine.
Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic was present during the arrival of the vaccine batches at the airport along with Chinese ambassador to Belgrade, Chen Bo.
“I’d like to thank president Xi Jinping (of China) and Chinese leadership for sending one million vaccine doses,” said the president of Serbia, who, in the recent years has tried to boost relations with China.
Vucic said that in the days to come, authorities in the country will approve the use of the Sinopharm vaccine allowing the administration of the jab to start as of next week.
Over 20 thousand Serbians have been vaccinated so far against coronavirus since the beginning of the rollout at the end of December last year. Initially, the country has started to vaccinate the elderly living in care homes and frontline workers.
Vucic also said that next week, the country is expecting to receive 250,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine and another 20,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Meanwhile, in June, the country is expected to receive vaccines produced by AstraZeneca and Moderna.
The only two countries in Western Balkan to have started the rollout are Serbia and Albania.
Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia have not yet received the vaccine supplies. Authorities in Kosovo have announced that they’ve secured over 500,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 600,000 doses from Austria, which are all expected to arrive in the country in February, when the rollout is expected to begin. TemA