Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic complained about the under-delivery of the coronavirus vaccine by the U.S.-German manufacturer Pfizer and BioNTech.
“Pfizer was supposed to deliver 19,500 doses per week, but for the second week in a row, they delivered only 9,700 doses. They say they have also reduced supplies to Germany by a million doses and to Poland by 200,000 doses,” the Serbian leader was quoted as saying by the Tanyug agency.
He noted that due to the under-delivery of vaccines in some countries the immunization process is interrupted and “the number of deaths is growing”. As an example, he cited Italy, where the number of deaths from COVID-19, according to his data, reached 90,000.
Immunization in Serbia was initiated on December 24 with the drug made by Pfizer and BioNTech, and the first vaccination was given by Prime Minister Ana Brnabic. The head of the government announced last Sunday that Serbia was also expecting 500,000 doses of vaccines against the Russian-made coronavirus Sputnik V in the near future. The first batch of 2.4 thousand doses of vaccine from Russia was delivered to Belgrade on December 30, 2020. Now the Russian-made coronavirus vaccine in Serbia is in the process of obtaining permanent authorization for use.
On January 16, Serbia received one million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine from China, which, according to the country’s Ministry of Health, is now the most actively used in the ongoing mass immunization campaign.