The European Union has said it will send 651,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine to Balkan countries that were not part of the bloc.
This is a first step and further assistance will follow, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said on Tuesday.
The Pfizer / BioNTech doses were reserved from the start to offer this kind of help to the EU’s neighbors, and this will have no impact on the speed of vaccination in the block, he said.
Vaccines will be distributed on an as-needed basis, rather than on a per capita basis.
Aid is primarily intended for health and care workers, but states will decide for themselves on the distribution of doses.
Bosnia has seen protests due to slow procurement of COVID-19 vaccines.
Serbia needs the least help of the group and will receive some 36,000 doses through the EU program.
The country has already massively administered Russian and Chinese vaccines and administered at least one dose to 26% of its population.
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