BELGRADE, 21 Feb – RIA Novosti. North Macedonia will order a batch of the Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said on Sunday.
Zaev on Sunday visited the city of Ohrid in the west of the country, where he discussed with local authorities the issues of combating the COVID-19 pandemic. He confirmed to reporters that Skopje has decided to order the vaccine from Russia.
“For all existing vaccines, we have placed orders and concluded contracts, that is, established contacts with the ultimate goal of making the vaccination process continuous and continuing it with the foreseen dynamics,” the head of the North Macedonian government said at a briefing.
Immunization in the republic began after Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic handed over to Zaev half of the 8,000 donated Pfizer / BioNTech coronavirus vaccines for healthcare workers on February 14.
The authorities of North Macedonia previously signed an agreement with the Chinese manufacturer of the Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine for the delivery of 200,000 doses in February, after which a massive vaccination campaign is to begin in the country.
Skopje also expects 103 to 170 thousand doses of AstraZeneca vaccine in March through the international COVAX mechanism. Earlier, the authorities of the two-millionth country applied to the WHO for 700 thousand drugs for immunization against COVID-19.