Hungary sends 200,000 doses of Sinopharm to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro

Hungary is sending 200,000 doses of Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro each, in a bid to speed up the country’s vaccination campaign and help restart its economy, Foreign Minister Péter said Szijjártó mentionned Monday in Sarajevo, where he delivered the cargo.

The last “difficult” year was marked everywhere by efforts to protect against the pandemic, with the protection of human life and health, and vaccines as a tool to achieve this goal being seen as priorities, Szijjártó said. . The Hungarian government has done everything in its power to procure as many vaccines as possible and has managed to quickly revive the country’s economy, thanks to its unique vaccination campaign, he said.

The Hungarian expedition is the largest ever sent to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Szijjártó noted.

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In a joint press conference with his Seychellois counterpart, Szijjártó said the two countries are leading the vaccination on their respective continents.

“Hungary and the Western Balkans depend on each other for economic and security matters, as well as for stemming migration … This is one of the reasons we are happy to help your protection against the pandemic” , said Szijjártó. “We hope that a rapid vaccination campaign will help the economy recover faster and strengthen stability, so that you can curb the waves of illegal migration,” he added.

Zoran Tegeltija, Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, thanked Hungary for sending and said the vaccines, which brought the total number of doses in the country to 900,000, will mainly be used to immunize the most vulnerable groups . The country expects to receive 2,000,000 more vaccines in the second half of the year, enough for half of the population to receive both doses, he said.

As a new wave of pandemic is expected to strike in the fall, the vaccination campaign should proceed as quickly as possible by then, Tegeltija warned.

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Later Monday, Szijjártó present the expedition for Montenegro to Podgorica.

He said the pandemic was proof that in a crisis, national measures are always more effective than the final mechanisms of international institutions. “We need leaders and quick decisions, and comfortable international procedures will not allow it,” he said.

Featured photo via Péter Szijjártó Facebook page

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