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First Covid-19 vaccinations in Croatia at the end of December

Written by  Dec 17, 2020

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Thursday that the first, smaller doses of Covid-19 vaccines could come to Croatia as part of the European Vaccination Days planned for the 27th, 28th and 29th of December.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced on Twitter on Thursday that vaccinations against Covid-19 across the European Union would begin at the end of December. When asked if this means that the first doses of the vaccine will arrive in Croatia before January 4, as previously announced, Plenković answered that it did.

Given that the distribution of the first doses of vaccine depends on the approval of the European Medicines Agency, he said that there is currently an intention of that agency to move the initial deadline for vaccine approval from December 28 to a few days earlier.

"That would enable the first distribution of doses in a smaller quantity," said Plenković.

He explained that during the morning, a quick communication process was held with all European leaders at which the European Commission's plan to hold "Days of vaccination against Covid-19" to be held throughout the European Union from December 27 to 29. He added that “it would be a gesture of joint vaccination at European level.”

Croatia, through agreements concluded by the European Commission on behalf of the member states, ordered 5.7 million doses of vaccine from all manufacturers, of which about one million doses of Pfizer vaccine should first be approved in the EU.
"After them, the European Medicines Agency is expected to issue an approval for the Moderna vaccine, we will see if the deadline, which was timed for January 12, will be moved a little now, and then the dynamics of deliveries to Croatia will go accordingly,” said Plenković.


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