As part of the European Union’s mechanism for providing aid for the neighboring countries and Africa, Austria announced today that by the end of August it will deliver 651,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech-produced vaccines. It is planned for North Macedonia to receive 119,000 doses of vaccines through this mechanism. The vaccine distribution will start in May, announced the Austrian Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Schallenberg.
According to the vaccine’s distribution plan, Bosnia and Hercegovina will receive 214,000, Albania 145,000, Kosovo 95.000, Montenegro 42.000 vaccines, and Serbia will receive 36.000 vaccines.
“With this initiative, we are showing that we are not leaving the region behind. Austria directly negotiated with Pfizer for the countries to receive vaccines,” said the Austrian Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Schallenberg.
The financing of these vaccines will cost 11 Million EUR, which will be paid from the EU’s emergency funds to the countries’ candidates and potential candidates for EUR membership.