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North Macedonia receives first batch of Russian Sputnik V vaccine

Sun 7th March, 2021 8:05pm
SARAJEVO, March 7 (Reuters) - North Macedonia received the
first batch of Russian Sputnik V vaccines on Sunday after it
began inoculations last month, Health Minister Venko Filipce
said.
    The first shipment of 3,000 vaccines out of 200,000 that
were ordered was flown to the Balkan country after it approved
Sputnik V for emergency use against the coronavirus.  R4N2K301G 
    "All these 3,000 doses will be used as the first vaccine, to
inoculate elderly citizens with chronic diseases and senior
citizens in nursing homes," Filipce said in a statement on his
Facebook page.
    North Macedonia began vaccinating its health workers in
COVID-19 centres last month after it received a donation of
4,680 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech  PFE.N   22UAy.DE  shot from
Serbia.  L1N2KK06U 
    The country has ordered 200,000 doses of the Chinese
Sinopharm  1099.HK  vaccine but the first doses have yet to
come. 
    Under the COVAX scheme led by the World Health Organisation
and GAVI vaccine alliance, North Macedonia has ordered 800,000
doses of various vaccines and another 800,000 doses of the
Pfizer/BioNTech shot, but deliveries have been
delayed. L8N2KC0E5    
    As of Sunday, the Balkan country of 2 million reported a
total of 107,163 cases of the new coronavirus and 3,195 deaths,
with 9,239 active cases.

 (Reporting by Daria Sito-Sucic; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)
 ((daria.sito-sucic@thomsonreuters.com; +38733 295 484; Reuters
Messaging: daria.sito-sucic.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))
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