| |     ћирилица | latinica  
Home
Serbian Prime Minister the first PM in Europe to receive a Covid-19 vaccine

Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Ana Brnabic received today the first vaccine against the coronavirus made by Pfizer company, at the Torlak Institute of Virology, Vaccines and Sera.

Brnabic, who is the first European Prime Minister to receive the vaccine, pointed out that this day may be the first since 6 March that we have a reason for a smile on our faces as it marks the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic in Serbia, but also in Europe and the world.

As Prime Minister and as someone who leads the COVID-19 Crisis Response Team, I felt obliged to be the first to receive the vaccine, to show that we believe in it, as well as in our institutions - the Medicines and Medical Devices Agency of Serbia and experts who worked round the clock to test the vaccine, she said.

Underlining that it was an honour to do this for her country and be the first to pave the way for all citizens, the Prime Minister said that she agreed with President of the Republic Aleksandar Vucic that the two of them receive different vaccines, so he will most likely receive the next one that arrives, most probably the one produced by China.

At the moment we have the Pfizer-BioNTech consortium vaccine, and the vaccines from the Chinese Sinopharm are expected in the near future, as well as certain quantities of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V.

She expressed her belief that at the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second quarter of next year we will have the vaccine of the company AstraZeneca, and after that the vaccine manufactured by Moderna.

As we promised, all vaccines licensed in their countries and approved by relevant international agencies will be available to our citizens, and of course they will be tested by all of our agencies and institutes as well, the Prime Minister pointed out.

She said that prior to the vaccination of health care workers, Minister of Health Zlatibor Loncar will also receive a vaccine shot as we endeavour to serve as an example and show how confident we are in the vaccines and institutions.

Brnabic pointed out that Serbia, not counting Great Britain, is the first country in Europe to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and the third to start a mass immunization and campaign for giving the vaccine - after Great Britain and Switzerland.

We achieved something very important and we will not stop even for a moment until the immunization of the population is completed, the Prime Minister said.

She specified that our country will receive another 16,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in January, as well as that together with other vaccines we will have a total of one million doses in January, and a total of approximately two million doses during the first quarter of next year.

There is a dynamic on which Pfizer delivers vaccines and it varies depending on the production, and this is the case with deliveries to both Serbia and all other countries worldwide. We expected to receive 10,000 doses from Pfizer-BioNTech in December, however 4,807 doses arrived, the Prime Minister explained.

Serbia demonstrated that it is able to fight and succeed if we all work as a team, Brnabic said and called on all not to see the beginning of vaccination as the end of the fight already, but to continue to apply all measures instead.

This is to be certain and to be able to help our health care workers, and once the immunity is acquired we will be able to slowly start taking off the masks in 2021, but until then we should not see this as a victory but as the beginning of the end, the Prime Minister concluded.

After the Prime Minister, vaccine shots were also administered to the Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and a member of the COVID-19 Crisis Response Team Darija Kisic Tepavcevic and to Predrag Kon who is also on the COVID-19 Crisis Response Team.

Furthermore, vaccine shots were also given to Head of the MMA Department for the Prevention and Control of Nosocomial Infections prof. Dr. Vesna Suljagic and academician Predrag Pesko, professor of Belgrade and Heidelberg universities and full member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

The first quantities of the vaccine arrived in Serbia on 22 December, and today they will be administered to patrons of nursing homes in Belgrade and Novi Sad.

Serbia is the first country in the region to receive a shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

In addition to procuring the vaccine among the first countries in the world, even before EU countries, Serbia is one of the rare countries that managed to build and open two covid hospitals in record time. The hospitals with 930 beds in Batajnica and 500 beds in Krusevac are a major contribution to the expansion of capacities and strengthening the health care system in the fight against coronavirus and, as President Vucic said, represent a monument of the future, that will talk about the accomplishments the state made in a short time.

Also, we recall that investments in health infrastructure have been large in Serbia, and since 2016, 80 health centers and clinics have been renovated, and works are underway on six large health centers. This way more than EUR 200 million was invested in the reconstruction, construction and equipping of hospitals and more than 300 million in the renovation of clinics and specialized hospitals, and many have already been completed, such as the University Children's Hospital Tiršova, and KBC Zemun nad KBC "Dragiša Mišović" hospitals.

The absolute priority of the Serbian Government is the successful completion of health infrastructure projects that are underway, but great attention is also paid to health workers, whose salaries have, by 2020, been increased by 56.8% for specialist doctors, and 66.9% for nurses, while significant funding is invested in the education of health professionals, as well as in equipment and working conditions.

Like other countries, Serbia has faced great challenges this year, most notably health challenges, and all factors in the state were focused on preventing the spread of the virus and safeguarding the lives and health of citizens. Serbia has faced these challenges better than many wealthier and more developed countries in Europe and the world.


Print version
News
Serbia also donated Covid-19 vaccines to Namibia
Selaković with the President and Prime Minister of Namibia on strengthening bilateral relations
Selaković: African countries support key interests of Serbia
Minister Selaković arrived in Zimbabwe
Serbia is donating Covid-19 vaccines and food aid to Zimbabwe
Marking the Remembrance Day of all Serbs who died and were expelled in the armed operation "Storm"
Selakovic: We cooperated with Kenneth Kaunda on building a more just, freer and more humane world
Selakovic: Need to promote economic cooperation with Lesotho
Minister Selakovic had talks in Lusaka with a number of officials of African countries
Minister Selaković presented the new e-Consulate service
President Vučić met via video link with representatives of the IMF delegation
Meeting with the World Health Organization Regional Director for Europe
WHO describes immunisation process in Serbia as impressive
Selakovic: Pristina persists in its campaign of hatred against the Serbian people
Selakovic: Political extremism of Albanians in Kosovo and Metohija is becoming stronger
Marking the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the NATO aggression
LA RÉPUBLIQUE DE SERBIE AU MOIS DE LA FRANCOPHONIE
Commemorating Remembrance Day of 17 March 2004 - Pogrom in Kosovo and Metohija
Selakovic: Fight against all forms of crime is a priority of the Serbian Government
Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb and Ljubljana elected as the new Patriarch of Serbia
Dear citizens of the Republic of Serbia, happy Statehood day! (English subtitle)
President Vucic: Serbia is ready for dialogue on Kosovo and Metohija, but will refuse being humiliated
Minister Selakovic speaks for Politika: The year of rejuvenation of Serbian diplomacy
OPEN CALL for the Co-Financing of Projects for the Translation of Representative Works of Serbian Literature into Foreign Languages in 2021
Minister Selakovic sends a telegram of condolences following the death of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe
President Vucic: Serbia is the first in Europe in terms of growth
Every Serb in the diaspora is potentially a lobbyist
Minister Selakovic: New ambassadors will be appointed this year, but the goals remain the same
President Vucic: Serbia to remain on the course of a winning policy of stability
Serbian Prime Minister the first PM in Europe to receive a Covid-19 vaccine
MFA STATEMENT on the occasion of Human Rights Day, 10 December
Book of Condolence
SERBIA as a Favourable Destination for Investment and Development of New Technologies
Parliamentary local election in Serbia 2020
STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED THROUGHOUT SERBIA (16/03/2020)
COVID-19 - NEW MEASURES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA
ЕMBASSY IS NOT ACCEPTING VİSA APPLICATIONS
NOTICE ON HOW TO VOTE FROM ABROAD – PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS
The decision on partially-financing projects for the diaspora
KINGDOM OF LESOTHO REVOKED RECOGNITION OF KOSOVO
MINISTER DACIC AT THE 69TH SESSION OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE PROGRAMME OF THE UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES
MINISTER DACIC ATTENDED THE MINISTERIAL MEETING OF THE NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT
MINISTER DACIC ATTENDED NELSON MANDELA PEACE SUMMIT IN UNITED NATIONS
ABOLISHED VISAS FOR CITISENS OF GEORGIA, HOLDERS OF ORDINARY PASSPORT
GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES ADOPTED ON VISA EXEMPTION FOR THE NATIONALES OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA
GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF COLUMBIA ADOPTED ON VISA EXEMPTION FOR THE NATIONALES OF THE REPUBLICA OF SERBIA
The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Government of the Republic of Guatemala on the аbolition of visas for holders of diplomatic and Official passports, entered into force.
DECISION ON VISA EXEMPTION FOR TNE NATIONALS OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE GUINEA BISSAU
DECISION ON VISA EXEMPTION FOR TNE NATIONALS OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE GUINEA BISSAU
DECISION ON VISA EXEMPTION FOR TNE NATIONALS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SURINAME, HOLDERS OF ALL PASSPORTS
UNMIK’S PRESENCE IN KOSOVO IN AN UNDIMINISHED SCOPE TO GUARANTEE STABILITY
MINISTER DACIC AT THE 39TH SESSION OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF UNESCO
SURINAME REVOKES ITS DECISION TO RECOGNIZE KOSOVO
DACIC: THAT KOSOVO HAS ENOUGH VOTES TO JOIN UNESCO IS A LIE
PRINCIPLED POSITION OF SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE CONCERNING THE RESPECT OF INTERNATIONAL LAW AND NON-RECOGNITION OF KOSOVO
MINISTER DACIC ATTENDING THE MINISTERIAL MEETING OF NON-ALIGNED COUNTRIES IN NEW YORK
MINISTER DACIC AT UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING DEVOTED TO THE WORK OF UNMIK
PROJECT "WORLD IN SERBIA"
NELSON MANDELA INTERNATIONAL DAY
Čadež: In the fall a big forum with businessmen of Sub-Saharan Africa
SERBIA IS COMMITTED TO THE PROMOTION OF COOPERATION WITH AFRICAN COUNTRIES
GOJKOVIC AND NKODO DANG SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
GOJKOVIC ADDRESSES PAN-AFRICAN PARLIAMENT AND HAS SERIES OF MEETINGS WITH HEADS OF PARLIAMENT
PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL TWO-PHASE OPEN COMPETITION FOR THE DESIGN OF A CONCEPTUAL SOLUTION FOR THE ZORAN EINDIC MEMORIAL AT THE STUDENTS SQUARE IN BELGRADE
INVITATION TO TENDER FOR THE PROVISION OF REAL ESTATE SALES SERVICES – THE SALE OF DIPLOMATIC REAL ESTATE IN NEW YORK (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA), TOKYO (JAPAN), BONN (GERMANY), AND BERNE (SWITZERLAND)
HAPPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPEDANCE, BOTSWANA
AMBASSADOR NIKOLIC PRESENTED HIS CREDENTIALS TO PRESIDENT ROBERT G. MUGABE
AFRICA’S BIG 7 (AB7) AND SAITEX 2016
THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS
FOREIGN MINISTER DACIC ON UEFA MEMBERSHIP OF KOSOVO
CLOSER COOPERATION IN HEALTH SECTOR
DELIVERY OF THE CREDENTIALS TO THE PRESIDENT OF MALAWI
KOSOVO IS NOT, AND CANNOT BECOME STATE
Statement by First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic
DYNAMIC GROWTH AHEAD OF SERBIA NEXT YEAR
Atterbury Europe announces €259-million joint venture in Serbian shopping centres with MPC Properties
Closing of the 22nd OSCE Ministerial Council
22nd OSCE Ministerial Council Opened
Minister Dacic at UN Security Council meeting devoted to the work of UNMIK in New York
OSCE CiO Dacic participates at conference marking 40th anniversary of the Helsinki Final Act
STATEMENT BY MINISTER DACIC
THE TRUTH – NO KOSOVO UNESCO
WHY "KOSOVO'' IS INELIGIBLE FOR THE MEMBERSHIP IN UNESCO?
ADDRESS OF H.E. MR. DARKO TANASKOVIĆ, AMBASSADOR OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA TO UNESCO, TO THE UNESCO EXECUTIVE BOARD AFTER THE DECISION HAS BEEN TAKEN TO RECOMMEND SO-CALLED KOSOVO FOR ADMISSION TO UNESCO DURING THE UNESCO GENERAL CONFERENCE (Paris, 03-18 November, 2015)
MINISTER DACIC IN NEW YORK ATTENDS HIGH-LEVEL SIDE-EVENT ON “STRENGTHENING COOPERATION ON MIGRATION AND REFUGEE MOVEMENTS UNDER THE NEW DEVELOPMENT AGENDA”
MINISTER DACIC IN NEW YORK, AT THE HIGH-LEVEL MEETING “PROTECTING CULTURAL HERITAGE – AN IMPERATIVE FOR HUMANITY”
SERBIA CONTINUES FIGHT AGAINST KOSOVO’S ADMISSION TO UNESCO
REMARKS BY THE FIRST DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS IVICA DACIC AT THE INFORMAL MEETING OF THE FOREIGN MINISTERS OF EU MEMBER STATES AND EU CANDIDATE COUNTRIES
MINISTER DACIC MEETS WITH UNSG BAN KI‐MOON IN NEW YORK
INVITATION FOR PARTICIPATION AT THE 52nd INTERNATIONAL FAIR OF FURNITURE IN BELGRADE (10-15 November 2015)
DAČIĆ: WE WILL DO OUR ALL TO STOP KOSOVO FROM JOINING UNESCO
PRESENTATION OF THE SERBIAN TOURISM TO THE SOUTH AFRICANS
Minister Dacic meets Chairperson of the African Union Commission
SERBIA DAY OPENED AT “EXPO 2015” WORLD EXHIBITION IN MILAN
MINISTER DACIC HAD TALKS WITH DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON OF THE AFRICAN UNION COMMISSION
MINISTER DACIC AND MINISTER STEINMEIER DISCUSSED THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE AND THE RESPECT OF THE MINSK AGREEMENTS
SERBIA READY FOR IMPROVEMENT OF COOPERATION WITH ALBANIA
AN INTERNATIONAL PRESENCE STILL NEEDED IN KOSOVO AND METOHIJA, MINISTER DACIC SAID AFTER THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL METING
ADDRESSING THE OSCE CHAIRMAN-IN, MINISTER DACIC, AT THE 125TH MINISTERIAL MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE
OSCE CiO Dacic talked to Head of Russian diplomacy Lavrov
Sixtieth anniversary of the Bandung Conference marked by Asian and African country leaders at the Summit in Jakarta
The exemption of visa requirements for holders of foreign passports with the valid Schengen visa, visa of the Great Britain, as well as the visas of other countries members of European Union, or with the valid visa of USA
SERBIA WANTS TO RENEW TIES WITH ZAMBIA
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS IVICA DACIC HELD A REGULAR PRESS CONFERENCE
MINISTER DACIC PARTICIPATED IN THE UNSC OPEN DEBATE ON MAINTENANCE OF INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY
OSCE CHAIRPERSON-IN-OFFICE AND MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS DACIC CALLED FOR AN END OF MILITARY ACTIVITIES IN EASTERN UKRAINE
REGULAR PRESS CONFERENCE BY FOREIGN MINISTER DACIC - FEBRUARY 2015
FEBRUARY 15th - NATIONAL DAY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA
SA sends a message of condolences following deadly floods
News - Archive