Bosnia buys Russian vaccines after AstraZeneca suspension


(Bloomberg) – The Bosnian-Herzegovinian entity of ethnic Muslims and Croats has signed an agreement to purchase 500,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 from Russia, Klix reported, citing the region’s prime minister, Fadil Novalic.

The so-called Federation which covers about half of the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina expects the first delivery of 100,000 Sputnik V rounds next week, Novalic told lawmakers in the capital of Sarajevo. Russian shots will cost 14.31 euros each, according to the report.

The move comes after authorities temporarily suspended use of AstraZeneca vaccines on Wednesday, following reports of its possible negative side effects. The former Yugoslav Republic, which is facing an upsurge in Covid-19 infections, has struggled to obtain vaccines and has expressed frustration with the multinational Covax facility that was supposed to help with the vaccine distribution.

Earlier this month, neighboring Serbia donated 5,000 AstraZeneca snapshots to Bosnia as a sign of solidarity in the ethnically tense region.

War-ravaged Bosnia remains semi-divided into two autonomous entities, the Serbian-ruled Republika Srpska and the so-called Federation of Muslims and Croats. Last month, Serbia shipped 2,000 Russian-made vaccines to the Serbian entity.

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