Important EU donation: Vaccines fast in every part of Serbia (PHOTO)
Twenty-four institutes and institutes for public health throughout Serbia received specialized vehicles for the transport of vaccines and medical teams, thanks to the support of the European Union.
The President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, and the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia, Ambassador Emanuela Žiofre, attended the handover of vehicles equipped with portable refrigerators and additional equipment that enables the distribution of vaccines while providing a cold chain. In this way, the vaccines will be available in remote health stations and a larger number of people.
Also, the EU continues to financially support the employment of 200 health workers, engaged in 23 health institutions in Serbia, for a new period of three months, which provided additional human resources needed in the fight against the Kovid-19 epidemic.
“At the moment when we want to send vaccines anywhere in Serbia, we will no longer rent vehicles, but we will be able to deliver vaccines to almost every place within 10 to 12 hours. The vehicles will go to 24 municipalities, from Sombor, Kikinda and Subotica, to Pirot, Vranje, Uzice or Novi Pazar. We can do all that thanks to the help of the EU, which in this project alone amounts to more than 600,000 euros. It is very important for us to say thank you, because it is the money of other people’s taxpayers. We have thus solved a significant problem we faced in the distribution of vaccines. “, said President Vučić.
“Since these vehicles will be transporting vaccines, I hope they will be busy, in constant use and will help speed up the vaccination process, even in more remote areas, thanks to the cold chain delivery system. Solidarity remains the guiding principle of EU support for Serbia, and we are committed to supporting Serbia’s needs, both in providing the necessary medical equipment and human resources and in protecting the most vulnerable members of the community who are largely affected by the ongoing pandemic. We are all in this pandemic together and only together can we get out of it, and in the meantime I want to thank the doctors and medical staff who are still working in the fight against the pandemic. “, said the head of the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia, Ambassador Emanuela Giofre.
Ambassador Žiofre symbolically handed over the vehicle keys to the Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimović and the Minister of Health Zlatibor Lončar, and the event was attended by the Director of the UNOPS Office in Serbia, Mikela Telatin, Director of the Institute of Public Health of Serbia “Dr Milan Jovanović Batut”, and representatives of health institutions who received a donation.
The vehicles were handed over to the Institute of Public Health of Serbia “Dr Milan Jovanović Batut”, the Institute of Public Health of Vojvodina, the City Institute of Public Health Belgrade and the institutes of public health in Novi Pazar, Subotica, Zrenjanin, Kikinda, Pancevo, Sombor, Sremska Mitrovica, Sabac , Valjevo, Pozarevac, Kragujevac, Ćuprija, Zaječar, Užice, Čačak, Kraljevo, Kruševac, Niš, Pirot, Leskovac, Vranje.
This support, worth close to 1.2m euros, is part of a larger EU aid package totaling more than 10m euros in medical and non-medical equipment delivered during this and previous years in partnership with the UNOPS office in Serbia.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the European Union has supported Serbia in the fight against the spread of the virus with more than 77 million euros, of which 20.7 million was spent on support and the most urgent needs to strengthen the health system in Serbia both in crisis situations and during regular operation. .
Source: BIZlife by www.bizlife.rs.
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