A senior World Health Organization official told Monday’s online conference on the pandemic in the Western Balkans that countries of Europe have to show solidarity and work together to inoculate their populations because the fight against the coronavirus is not over.
WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge said that all the countries on the continent have to invest efforts to speed up the vaccination of their populations.
The Serbian Health Ministry said that Minister Zlatibor Loncar took part in the video conference along with his counterparts from southeastern Europe.
European Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi told the conference that nothing will be the same in health care and other areas after the pandemic. He said that the EU will secure billions of Euro in pre-accession aid including funding for the Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans which he said is a key tool to underpin region’s postCOVID19 economic recovery. “The EU remain fully committed to further support partners in this fight, from vaccines to economic recovery,” he said.
Pleased that we have a political agreement on €14.2 bn Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance for 2021-2027 #EUbudget period. Among others #IPAIII will provide funding for Economic&Investment Plan for #WesternBalkans, key tool to underpin region’s postCOVID19 economic recovery. pic.twitter.com/rgqlTlP3DP
— Oliver Varhelyi (@OliverVarhelyi) June 2, 2021