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Serbia approves Sinopharm vaccine; logs 1,578 new infections, 21 dead

Serbia's Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (ALIMS) has approved the first 100,000 doses of the Chinese Sinipharm COVID-19 vaccine, ALIMS official Pavle Zelić told press in Belgrade on Monday.

Zagreb, 19 January 2021 (Hina/MIA) – Serbia’s Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (ALIMS) has approved the first 100,000 doses of the Chinese Sinipharm COVID-19 vaccine, ALIMS official Pavle Zelić told press in Belgrade on Monday.

He said that after the UK and Argentina, Serbia was the third country in the world with three COVID-19 vaccines – Pfizer/BioNTech, Sputnik V and Sinopharm.

A million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine arrived on Saturday. Prime Minister Ana Brnabić said mass vaccination of priority groups – education workers, the police, the army and members of the press – would begin on Tuesday.

By 16 January, Serbia vaccinated 22,000 people.

This week, Serbia expects another 22,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

In the past 24 hours 1,578 new coronavirus cases and 21 COVID-19 deaths have been reported, it was said on Monday.

Since the outbreak of the epidemic on 6 March 2020, Serbia has tested 2,485,591 samples for coronavirus, registering 374,111 infections and 3,771 deaths.

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