SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — As its neighbors boast of progress of their vaccination packages, North Macedonia remains to be ready to ship its first shot — including political rigidity to the tiny nation’s pandemic well being disaster, and highlighting difficulties that some international locations bordering the European Union are going through.
In a press release to The Related Press, the nation’s authorities on Friday stated plans to obtain 8,000 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines from neighbor Serbia this week had been held up for “technical causes” with extra documentation wanted for the switch.
That handover had been anticipated Thursday with a ceremony deliberate on the Tabanovce border crossing that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic had been as a result of attend. Vucic’s workplace additionally stated that extra documentation was wanted after the occasion was canceled.
That information has deeply pissed off North Macedonia which has but to safe a single dose of COVID vaccine for its 2.1 million inhabitants.
The primary conservative opposition occasion, VMRO-DPMNE, referred to as on the center-left authorities to resign after the newest delay, including that Prime Minister Zoran Zaev had been obliged to “beg” different international locations for vaccines.
“This delay is the newest instance of Zaev’s incompetence,” the opposition occasion stated.
North Macedonia is hoping to obtain 840,000 vaccine doses this month below a scheme led by the World Well being Group to assist poorer international locations immunize their populations. However manufacturing delays in current weeks have held up plans right here and for another EU neighbors together with Ukraine and Moldova.