The Italian newspaper La Verita reported on Wednesday that the Chinese advance on the vaccines had been repaid because the purchase was to be made through a Hong Kong-based phantom firm, which did not have a solid foundation but had large financial deposits with Deutsche Bank.
Prime Minister Zaev confirmed that the Government had cooperated with private companies to procure vaccines against COVID-19. He denied that he had bad intentions and illegal actions, justifying the actions as a way for the Government to get vaccines as soon as possible, which the citizens still do not have. He said that the Government tried in every way to get vaccines for the citizens faster.
Filipche’s letters to Beijing, dated December 25, 2020 and January 25, 2021, went through Starbi International based in Hong Kong.
Filipche’s letter sent to Sinopharm on January 25 states that he exempts the company, i.e. China, from any responsibility for possible negative consequences from the use of the vaccine. This, according to La Verita, is contrary to many international conventions and is a violation of the basic institutional mission, which is to protect the citizens’ health.