North Macedonia Receives 2nd Batch of Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine, Health Minister Says
17:13 GMT 28.03.2021(updated 17:55 GMT 28.03.2021)
BELGRADE (Sputnik) - North Macedonia on Sunday received the second shipment of the Russian-made Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, the country's Health Minister Venko FilipÄ¨e said.
The first batch arrived in the country on 7 March. Up until then, North Macedonia vaccinated its population with 8,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which were donated by Serbia in mid-February. On Saturday, the Balkan nation also received the first shipment of the AstraZeneca vaccine via the COVAX facility.
"Today at 2.30 p.m. [13:30 GMT] the second batch of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine arrived at Skopje International Airport," FilipÄ¨e tweeted, adding that health care workers would be the first ones to get vaccinated.
North Macedonia became the 46th country to greenlight the use of Sputnik V in the country. It started administering the Russian vaccine on 10 March.
Sputnik V has been approved in over 55 countries, becoming the world's second top vaccine in terms of approvals. According to The Lancet peer-reviewed medical journal, its efficacy stands at 91.6 percent.
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