The Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia Zoran Zaev described the new vaccine donation from Serbia as a great gesture of friendship, conveying a message that true friends grow in difficult times.
The governments of northern Macedonia and Serbia have agreed to donate 40,000 Sputnik V vaccines to the former, with a first shipment of 20,000 doses arriving in Skopje on Thursday. The remaining 20,000 doses will arrive on time.
Welcoming the new donation from Serbia, Zaev said the vaccines would reach a critical point for northern Macedonia, as it would ensure that the mass vaccination, which began yesterday, does not stop.
“This is an act of great friendship between Serbia, which has already helped Northern Macedonia with 8,100 Pfizer vaccines, with which we have successfully vaccinated our heroic doctors,” he said.
Zaev noted that mass vaccination with AstraZeneca vaccines in northern Macedonia began on Thursday and that Serbia’s donation would ensure that the process would not continue normally until new quantities of vaccines arrive through the COVAX mechanism and agreements with Russia, China and manufacturers.
“I would like to convey the gratitude of all the people of Northern Macedonia to the friendly Serbian people for their considerable assistance. “I would like to thank President Vuiqiiq, Prime Minister Brbani gjithë and all the state leadership of Serbia,” said Zoran Zaev.