PRISTINA (Reuters) – A whole lot of well being staff from Kosovo travelled to Albania on Saturday to be inoculated in opposition to COVID-19 after the neighbouring nation provided to donate a few of its provides.
Kosovo, the place Albanians are a majority, is the one nation in Europe that has not began a vaccination programme. Its inoculation plans depend upon the World Well being Group (WHO) co-led COVAX vaccine entry scheme.
Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama mentioned his nation would allocate a complete of 500 of AstraZeneca (NASDAQ:)’s COVID-19 vaccines for Kosovar well being staff this weekend, and has pledged extra within the close to future.
Kosovo has round 11,000 medical doctors and nurses.
“You will need to begin with (Kosovo’s) medical doctors as a result of they’re extra at risk,” Rama instructed reporters within the northern Albanian city of Kukes the place vaccines have been administered.
Kosovo, which has a inhabitants of 1.8 million, has to date registered greater than 80,000 COVID-19 instances and 1,752 deaths.
In neighbouring Serbia, a whole bunch rallied within the capital Belgrade in opposition to a shutdown of cafes, eating places, golf equipment, non-essential outlets and a few small companies, imposed by the federal government to curb the virus from spreading, and a nationwide vaccination marketing campaign.
A lot of the protesters within the crowd in Belgrade’s major sq. didn’t put on face masks, regardless of round 4,000 each day infections in Serbia that are straining the well being system.
Serbia, with a inhabitants of round seven million, has to date delivered no less than one dose of vaccine to over 1.8 million individuals. It has registered 546,986 COVID-19 instances and 4,900 deaths.
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