Nearly one billion doses of the leading candidates for the COVID-19 vaccine have been provided to low- and middle-income countries under the Covax program, the World Health Organization said. Covax is a WHO global initiative for the equitable distribution of stocks of future coronavirus vaccines in both rich and poor countries.
Health Minister Venko Filipche announced that 833,000 vaccines have been provided for 400,000 citizens through the Covax mechanism, and the vaccination will be free of charge for the citizens.
“The first vaccine to arrive on the market will be evenly distributed among all member countries that have applied to the Covax mechanism. So, when the most developed countries get it, we will get the vaccine then to,” said Filipche in October when he announced that the vaccine would arrive at the end of this or the beginning of next year.
According to The Economist, however, Macedonia is not among the first countries to receive the vaccine for widespread use, but in the third wave. The daily writes that rich countries will be the first to receive the vaccine, while Macedonia, together with the countries of the former Yugoslavia, would get access to the vaccines in 2022.