Covid: first vaccinations in Albania, Rama criticizes EU

'Excluding western Balkan countries is unacceptable'

11 January, 16:55

    (ANSAmed) - TIRANA, JANUARY 11 - Albania on Monday started a vaccination campaign against Covid-19 with some 1,000 doses of Pfizer, which were donated by a European Union country. Albanian Premier Edi Rama stressed that he ''can't reveal the friendly country that helped us, at its request'', adding that an additional 2,000 doses are expected in the next few days. During the third week of January, the first 10,000 doses should arrive out of a total of 500,000 vaccines that the government of Tirana was able to obtain thanks to a direct agreement with Pfizer. The vaccine will be free and not mandatory and the first to benefit will be doctors and nurses from hospitals treating coronavirus patients, to continue with all medical personnel and the elderly over 75 years of age as well as those living in old age homes. The Albanian premier criticized the European Union and its decision to leave out of its vaccination plan western Balkan countries. ''It is unacceptable not just morally and politically, but unjustifiable also from a logical point of view, given that there are countries that keep extra doses because they are unable to act fast. They could at least offer us the necessary doses for healthcare personnel operating on the frontlines against the Covid pandemic'', said the premier. Rama was among the first to get the vaccination shot on live television. ''I am only doing it to give a clear message that the vaccine is not only safe but the only weapon against this invisible enemy and also to show that all conspiracy theories around the vaccine are ridiculous'', stressed Rama. (ANSAmed) (ANSA).

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