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Northern Macedonia: First 3,000 doses of Sputnik V arrive at Skopje airport

The first shipment of Russian “Sputnik V” vaccines arrived at Skopje Airport on Sunday afternoon. The delegation was received at the airport by the Minister of Health of Northern Macedonia Venko Filipce and the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the country Sergey Bazdnikin.

The vaccines, a total of 3,000, which came in suitable packaging, will be stored at -18 to -20 degrees, in the premises where the infrastructure with special refrigerators is prepared. According to Minister Filipce, vaccination will probably start on Wednesday.

This is the first amount of 3,000 doses, which will ensure the continuation of the immunization process that has already begun in the country, said today the Minister of Health Venko Filipce after his arrival at the Skopje International Airport.

According to Filipce, 200,000 doses of Chinese vaccine are expected, of which a certain amount may come in a short time, but it has not yet been confirmed exactly when.

The Minister stressed that in the coming days they will continue intensive communication to discuss and organize the dynamics of the arrival of future quantities.

The vaccine is a 0.5 ml frozen solution, for one user and will be stored in refrigerators in the “Jane Sandanski” area. The shipment was received through the DHL service from Moscow to Belgrade, with some quantities arriving for Serbia, along with these 3,000 for Northern Macedonia.

“These are vaccines that are different in terms of vaccination and revaccination, which means that all these doses will be used for the first dose. The immunization process continues in the field of health professionals, as shown to the citizens, as defined in the national vaccination plan “, said Filipce.

He thanked the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Northern Macedonia, Sergey Bazdnikin, for his personal commitment to bring these quantities to the country as soon as possible.

Ambassador Bazdnikin stated that he is convinced that this will be very important for saving human life, but also for turning the economy of Northern Macedonia on a course of development.

“We are always ready to help the citizens of Northern Macedonia with whom we have enjoyed traditional friendships for centuries and share common values. “We have a very constructive cooperation with the government of the Republic of Northern Macedonia and we are ready to expand it to new areas based on equality and mutual respect for interests,” said the ambassador.

According to Bazdnik, Sputnik is known to be the first Covid-19 vaccine registered in the world. He said the vaccine is completely safe and effective and has now become a bestseller in the world.

“With Northern Macedonia, the vaccine has been given to 46 countries in the world, including some countries in the European Union. A rapid process is now underway at the European Medicines Agency to evaluate the effectiveness of the vaccine based on the results of previous tests and laboratory research. “The WHO is considering the request to include Sputnik in the WHO-approved list of medicines for emergency use,” the ambassador added.

He wished health to all and to the brave doctors and medical staff of Macedonia for a speedy victory in the fight against a pandemic in which, as he stressed, this Russian vaccine will be a valuable weapon.

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