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Vaccines: Varhelyi in the Balkans, tomorrow first EU doses

Enlargement Commissioner visiting on the occasion of delivery

02 May, 13:51
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, 02 MAG - "I will visit the Western Balkans to send a clear message: we care about our partners, and we care about health workers and the most vulnerable," said the EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, in a statement, announcing a visit next week to the countries of the region on the occasion of the delivery of the first Covid vaccines funded by the EU. Starting from next week until August, Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, and North Macedonia will receive 651,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines to secure health staff and the most vulnerable sections of the population. According to Variety, "the delivery of vaccines confirms the EU's continuous commitment to providing help" as "we have done since the outbreak of the pandemic." The vaccines, financed thanks to the €70 m aid package adopted by the Commission last December, were purchased through Austria's mediation with legal agreements with the manufacturer and partner countries. Varhely will travel to Serbia on Monday afternoon; on Tuesday, he will visit Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, and North Macedonia, and will end his visit on Wednesday in Albania and Kosovo. (ANSA).

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