North Macedonia looks to Chinese vaccine to revive program

North Macedonia has received a shipment of 200,000 doses of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine following major delays in the country’s start-and-stop coronavirus immunization program

The current daily COVID-19 mortality rate in North Macedonia is approximately three times higher than the European Union average.

The Sinopharm vaccines arrived Friday from neighboring Serbia in refrigerated trucks.

Health Minister Venko Filipce said an expanded nationwide immunization program would start Tuesday with a goal of delivering about 15,000 shots daily.

Another 600,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine and 26,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are expected in May, he said.

As of Thursday, North Macedonia had recorded a total of 152,000 confirmed cases and more than 4,800 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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