Kosovo removes over 133,000 AstraZeneca vaccines

Kosovo removes over 133,000 AstraZeneca vaccines

The Minister of Health of Kosovo, Arben Vitia, announced today that 133,234 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine against coronavirus have been withdrawn from use, due to the expiration of the term. The vaccines were part of a donation from Norway.

Speaking at a press conference in Pristina, he said that "misinformation about the timing of these vaccines" has led to a decline in confidence in them and citizens to refuse to receive them. Vitia said that Kosovo, currently, is not in a situation where it should choose vaccines, "especially when they are safe".

"The vaccines in our stocks are safe," said Vitia, adding that their safety is guaranteed by mechanisms such as the World Health Organization, the European Medicines Agency or the US Food and Drug Administration.

The two coronavirus vaccines used by Kosovo are: Pfizer / BioNTech and AstraZeneca. Vitia said that vaccination centers in Kosovo currently have 108,856 doses of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine and 46,947 doses of AstraZeneca.

He warned that in the coming days in Kosovo will arrive other doses, while he said that vaccination centers will work on weekends, starting from September 11. As of Wednesday, over 841,000 coronavirus vaccines have been delivered in Kosovo.

In total, 284,269 citizens have been fully vaccinated.

Kosovo is currently going through a severe wave of pandemics, with over 27,000 active cases of infection./REL

* Tiranapost.al.