President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday that Serbia would start producing coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year to meet the needs of the region.
Speaking during a visit to the Torlak virusology institute in Belgrade, Vucic said that the first doses of the Sputnik V vaccine would be produced at the Torlak Institute between June 5 and 10, adding that it would be producing a vaccine on its own by the end of the year. “We’ll see if we will produce Sinopharm or Sputnik by the end of the year but I hope we will produce both by next March,” Vucic said. He added that the Torlak Institute would produce up to 30 million doses a year to meet the needs of the region.
According to Vucic more than three million doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Serbia. Vucic was at the Institute for the start of packaging of Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine and the handover of 10,000 of doses of vaccine for the Republika Srpska to Bosnia-Herzegovina Presidency President Milorad Dodik.
Vucic said that another 211,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine would be shipped to Serbia soon along with 50,000 doses of the second component of the Russian vaccine.