The Croatian government approved the decision to donate COVID-19 vaccines to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Kosovo.
“Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Kosovo are suffering the serious consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing the number of infected and dead, and an overloaded health system, which all does its damage to the social and economic situation. . “Their current supply of vaccines is not enough to vaccinate even priority health workers,” said Secretary of State for Political Affairs Frano Matušić, adding that by deciding to donate vaccines to the countries mentioned, Croatia was responding to their needs and underlining her commitment to wholehearted support. The donation is not incurring additional costs, as these are doses already stored at the Croatian Institute of Public Health, the secretary of state said.
As announced by the Government, the donation consists of 50,000 doses of the vaccine, which will be divided as follows: 30,000 doses will be sent to Bosnia and Herzegovina, of which 15,000 to the University Hospital of Mostar and another 15,000 to other institutions through Bosnian Ministry of Civil Affairs; 10,000 doses for Montenegro through the Montenegrin Ministry of Health; 10,000 in Kosovo through the Kosovo Institute of Public Health.
The government also adopted a decision on the contribution to the COVAX mechanism through the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). “This is a UN-backed global platform that aims to accelerate the development, production and equal access to COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines,” Matušić said.
GAVI, WHO, the Coalition for Epidemic Readiness Innovation (CEPI) and UNICEF govern the COVAX mechanism, which aims to deliver 2.2 billion doses of vaccine worldwide by the end of 2021. “Croatia believes the fight against COVID-19 will not it stops at national or European borders, and is therefore contributing to the global response, “the secretary of state said.