Vučić: This is an amazing thing; I will be vaccinated in seven-eight days VIDEO/PHOTO
President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, welcomed the "Air Serbia" plane, which delivered a million doses of the "Sinopharm" vaccine to Serbia from China.Source: B92
"This is an incredible thing, I don't know if people understand that," Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said.
Vučić said that Serbia is the first country in Europe to receive such a large amount of Chinese vaccine. As he says, that is a significant proof of cooperation and friendship between Serbia and China.
Chinese Ambassador to Serbia Chen Bo stated that she was very honored to receive the vaccines of the Chinese company with the President of Serbia.
"China is the first country in the world to promise that its vaccine will be a global public good. The vaccine was approved on December 30 last year and is already arriving to Serbia. I hope that the arrival of the Chinese vaccine will help suppress the epidemic in Serbia," Ambassador of China said. The President of Serbia said that this is a great day in the fight against coronavirus.
"I was so daring that, since the Chinese vaccine is expensive, I begged the President of China to help us in that respect as well," said Vucic.
He announced that about 20.000 more doses of Pfizer vaccine would arrive on Monday, followed by 250.000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine.
"Serbia is one of the few countries that can boast of such a large number of vaccines. It is important for us to get these doses of vaccines because we have to vaccinate both the army and workers who work in stores. We will also put journalists on the list. It was a request of the Association of Journalists of Serbia. From Monday, they will also be able to be vaccinated. Thousands of lives will be saved and that is the most important mission," Vucic emphasized.
Vučić announced that Serbia will have five to six different vaccines in the middle of the year.
"Through COVAX, we will see that we get the AstraZeneca vaccine, and we will also look for Moderna. We will have five or six different vaccines by June," said Vucic.
Vučić emphasized that he was proud of the relations between Serbia and China and said that the joint fight against the virus would continue.
"We received the vaccines through bilateral agreements. We have not yet received any vaccine through COVAX, but we will get it, Olivér Várhelyi is a good man. We have to think about the fall, we will need the COVAX program and others," President of Serbia said.
"I will be vaccinated in seven or eight days. It is important that I was not the first to get the vaccine. It is much more important that older people receive the vaccine," said the President of Serbia.
He pointed out that the Chinese vaccine could soon get approval for the vaccination of children from 3 to 17, and it would become the first vaccine with that permit. For now, this and other vaccines are approved for those over 18 years of age.
Vučić pointed out that Serbia is fighting primarily for the health of its citizens, and then for the preservation of the economy.