Macedonian hospital system on the brink, just one complication after AstraZeneca vaccination so far


Health Minister Venko Filipche said Saturday that therapy can often prove ineffective in patients with severe COVID-19 clinical symptoms. His comments come after 50 deaths were recorded yesterday – the highest single-day number of fatalities since the onset of the pandemic.

“Doctors are doing everything they can. There are patients whose symptoms are so severe. They are treated according to the standards, but unfortunately, the therapy they receive proves ineffective. There are patients with severe clinical symptoms, their lungs and blood affected like infectiologists have never seen before. Their lives cannot be saved despite the doctors’ best efforts,” he said.

Filipche warned that hospitals are overwhelmed ‘like never before.’ “However, we are doing everything we can to provide everyone with health care. There are enough hospital beds even now,” he told reporters at Boris Trajkovski Sports Center, which is being prepared as mass vaccination site.

Filipche reiterated that a confirmation from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) was pending over the use of AstraZeneca jabs in people under 60. In the meantime, senior citizens over 77 are being vaccinated with AstraZeneca jabs after the vaccination campaign started on Wednesday.

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