Vaccines: EU donates 651,000 Pfizer doses to Western Balkans

Financed by Commission and distributed with Austrian support

20 April, 15:44

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, 20 APR - The European Union will deliver a total of 651,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine over the coming weeks and months to the six countries of the Western Balkans, said EU Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi.

    The doses were financed by the European Commission and will be distributed with the support of Austria.

    The first delivery to all partners in the region is scheduled for May, and regular shipments will follow until the end of August.

    "It is essential to speed up vaccination campaigns everywhere," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

    "I am proud to announce that we have secured doses to help vaccinate health workers and other vulnerable groups in the Western Balkans. The European Union is standing side by side with our partners in the region, who asked us for support," von der Leyen said.

    She thanked Austria for "having facilitated distribution" through legal accords with the manufacturer and partners in the region.

    Of the 651,000 total doses, 145,000 will go to Albania, 95,000 to Kosovo, 119,000 to North Macedonia, 36,000 to Serbia, 42,000 to Montenegro, and the highest number, 214,000, to Bosnia-Herzegovina. (ANSAmed).

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