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23 April 2021

The EU and Austria secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Western Balkans

Albania
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Kosovo
Montenegro
North Macedonia
Serbia

The European Commission and Austria have announced agreements for the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines for the Western Balkans. The 651,000 BioNTech/Pfizer doses are funded by the European Commission and will be shared with the facilitation of Austria. The first delivery to all the partners in the region is due in May, with regular tranches to continue until August.

 

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said: “It is crucial to speed up the vaccination campaigns everywhere. I am happy to announce that we have secured doses to help vaccinate health care workers and other vulnerable groups in the Western Balkans. The European Union stands by our partners in the region, who have been looking to us for support. I want to thank Austria for facilitating this transfer, showing its firm commitment and solidarity with the Western Balkans”.

 

Austria has facilitated sharing these vaccines through legal arrangements with the producer and the Western Balkan partners. The doses are funded from the 70 million package adopted by the Commission in December 2020 to help cover the cost of vaccines, secured under the EU’s advance purchase agreements for the Western Balkan partners.

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Source: European Union

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