Austria sends 500,000 vaccine doses to Bosnia-Herzegovina

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500,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses will make their way from Vienna to Bosnia and Herzegovina tomorrow via refrigerated truck and are expected to arrive in Sarajevo on Tuesday. “I am pleased that we can now also help Bosnia and Herzegovina with a direct delivery of vaccine doses from Austria,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) stressed today, according to a statement.

Under the coordination of Vienna, more than 650,000 vaccine doses from the European Union have been made available to the Western Balkan states so far. Bosnia-Herzegovina has received 214,000 of them. “We can only put an end to the pandemic together. It is therefore only logical that we also support our friends in Bosnia and Herzegovina with urgently needed vaccine,” said Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg (ÖVP).

“Austria in a fortunate situation”
“We are currently in the fortunate position in Austria to have more vaccine than we currently need,” said Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein (Greens). It is therefore the order of the day “that we act in solidarity and share part of our vaccine reserves with those countries where it is urgently needed at the moment.”

Vaccines were also recently delivered to Tunisia and Georgia, which are currently struggling with particularly high infection and mortality rates. India was supported with a delivery of antiviral drugs, oxygen cylinders and oxygen goggles. Austria is supporting the international COVAX AMC program with five million euros. It aims to support a total of 92 low- and middle-income countries with donor-funded vaccine doses.

  • source: ORF.at/agencies/picture:pixabay.com

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