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Tales from the Region #4
We were supposed to get vaccinated in January, then in February, then in March. According to the latest government promises, vaccination of the general population will begin in April.
It is still unknown when exactly the promised vaccines will be delivered in North Macedonia, and the mass immunization has not commenced due to the limited quantities of vaccines that have arrived in the past period. Vaccination of health workers who are at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19 has begun, as a result of the shipment of 8,000 vaccines from the manufacturer "Pfizer", which the country received from Serbia.
North Macedonia also received the first 3,000 vaccines from the manufacturer "Sputnik V". But these are drastically lower numbers than those promised by the government since December 2020.
The situation is equally morose in the region. Most countries struggle with the immunization process. BiH, Montenegro and Kosovo are in the same position as North Macedonia, hoping that the vaccination will begin soon. Unfortunately, these are the countries near the top of the list of countries in Europe with the highest mortality rate from Covid-19.
In "Tales from the Region #4" we address the challenges related to mass immunization faced by the Balkan countries. Some, like the countries listed above, are in an unenviable position. On the other hand, the situation in Serbia and Greece is slightly better, and there the vaccination process is already in full swing. But they also face their own challenges in this regard.
We start on Friday (March 26) with the first blog.
The fourth edition of Tales From the Region is implemented by Res Publica and ICS, in partnership with Macropolis (Greece), Lupiga (Croatia), Sbunker (Kosovo), Ne Davimo Beograd (Serbia), Analiziraj (Bosnia and Herzegovina), PcNen (Montenegro), and SEGA (Bulgaria).
The "Tales from the Region" initiative is implemented by the Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) within the project "Connecting the Dots: Improved Policies through Civic Engagement", with the support of the British Embassy Skopje.