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BiH: Vaccination against COVID-19 finally begins

Vaccination against the coronavirus with the Russian “Sputnik V” vaccine started today at the University Clinical Center of Republika Srpska.

The General Director of UCC RS, Vlado ćajić, received the first dose of the vaccine followed by the Director of the RS Institute of Public Health Branislav Zeljković, while employees in the departments of the institution COVID-19 came after.

“Our goal is for other hospitals to receive a certain amount of vaccines over the next week, so that we can give priority to vaccinating health workers,” Zeljkovic said earlier.

The first vaccines arrived in Republika Srpska on 1 Februaryrr; about 2,000 doses of the Russian vaccine awaiting legal green light to be distributed to the health sector in the BiH entity. The Federation of BiH is still waiting for the European Union to take pity on it and send some quantities of the vaccine to BiH.

At the state and entity level, BiH launched vaccine procurement activities several months ago, yet none of them have reached the country. Not wanting to wait for the vaccines to be distributed through the COVAX mechanism, the authorities in Republika Srpska sought an alternative source of vaccines and found it in the Russian Federation.

Arrivalsht announced the arrival of another, larger contingent of Russian vaccines, along with Chinese vaccines. Another 400,000 doses for 200,000 people were ordered through the Institute of Public Health, half of which is expected in the second half of the month and the other half in March.

In addition, according to reports, health workers from Republika Srpska will receive special treatment in Serbia and cross the border in an organized manner and be vaccinated, most likely in Belgrade.

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