“We don’t have a vaccine we’re arguing about”: Vaccination has not yet begun on the periphery of Europe

“We don’t have a vaccine in Europe’s poorest country that we would argue about,” Moldovan writer Paula Erizanu writes in The Guardian.

Indeed: the first doses of coronavirus vaccine will reach Moldova no earlier than mid-February. And it is not the only country on the periphery of Europe that has not started vaccination.

The European Union (EU) and the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday pledged € 40 million over three years. to improve access to vaccines in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Sakartvele, Moldova and Ukraine.

For his part, the WHO chief reassured that the world was on the brink of “catastrophic moral collapse” if rich countries seized vaccines from COVID-19 and poor ones suffered.

Romania has also promised assistance to Moldova

3.5 million Moldova’s population is expected to reach 24,570 doses of Pfizer vaccine through the COVAX scheme in mid-February, the country’s government said.

AstraZeneca vaccines will also reach Moldova at the end of the month. It is expected that in the first half of the year the country will receive a total of 264 thousand. doses of vaccine from this manufacturer.

It is estimated that Moldova will vaccinate 20% of the free vaccines received through COVAX. population. The country will later purchase the vaccines at a reduced price through COVAX, according to Reuters.

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Another 200 thousand. vaccines against coronavirus were promised to Moldova by neighboring Romania.

There are no plans to buy Russian Sputnik V vaccine in Moldova, despite calls from Moscow-friendly former President Igor Dodon. True, the leadership of the separatist Transnistrian region assures the Russian vaccine user.

Ukraine has banned a Russian vaccine

44 million vaccination has not yet begun in Ukraine, which has a population of. The country expects to receive 117 thousand through the COVAX scheme in February. Pfizer vaccine doses to be prescribed by physicians.

In the first half of 2021, Kiev expects to receive and about 3.7 mln. AstraZeneca vaccine doses. In addition, the government signed an agreement for 1.8 million. doses of Sinovac Chinese vaccine.

Reuters / Photo by Scanpix / Hospital in Kiev

Reuters / Photo by Scanpix / Hospital in Kiev

Ukraine has banned the use of the Russian vaccine “Sputnik V”, but it is used in the self-proclaimed republics of Luhansk and Donetsk, as well as in the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula.

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Smygal has claimed that Russia is using the vaccine as a tool of influence. A similar position is followed in Lithuania: Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonytė called this vaccine a hybrid weapon of war.

Armenia is expected to be slow

Armenia, which is also part of the COVAX initiative, has not yet purchased coronavirus vaccines, the country’s health minister confirmed this week.

It was announced in January that the Armenian government had decided to purchase AstraZeneca vaccines, which will be vaccinated at 3%. populations, in particular nursing home residents and staff, doctors, people over the age of 65, and those with chronic illnesses.

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„Scanpix“ / ITAR-TASS nuotr./Jerevanas

The Russian Sputnik V vaccine will also be used in Armenia from the beginning of March, the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention has announced. To date, 15 people in the country have been vaccinated with this vaccine.

Sakartwell awaits Pfizer

Sakartwell’s Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced on Facebook on January 30 that the first doses of Pfizer vaccine would reach the country in late February. The head of government did not disclose how many doses the country will receive, but said medics would be vaccinated first.

True, potatoes are skeptical about vaccines – 41 percent. would not want to be vaccinated, according to a survey by the National Democratic Institute.

The Balkans do not turn away from China

No one was vaccinated on 1 February in northern Macedonia. 8 thousand Serbia has promised doses of the vaccine to the country, and the Macedonian health minister, Euronews, said he was in constant contact with the Chinese embassy about the availability of Chinese vaccines.

There were also no vaccines in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 1 February, although the country is participating in the COVAX scheme. The country plans to buy vaccines from Russia, China and Pfizer.

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