PM: Croatia has Ordered Enough Vaccines, Demands They be Delivered

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He was speaking for “Talking Europe”, a programme on French national television, while visiting Brussels on Thursday and Friday.

“We ordered more than enough, but the vaccines are distributed pro rata, that is how much vaccine you ordered from which company.”

He said he came to Brussels because Croatia was faced with late deliveries. “That’s the main reason I’m here… I insist that what we signed, what we ordered, be delivered.”

“I talked about it with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and her team. We ordered the vaccine via the centralised system set up by the Commission.”

Regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine, Plenković agreed with Rome’s decision to block a delivery of 250,000 doses to Australia. He said he supported the Italian authorities’ move to send “a concrete signal” to AstraZeneca that “it must honour what has been signed.”

That is in no way against Australia, but it’s necessary to remind companies that they must adhere to signed agreements, he added.

Since Croatia has vaccinated only 5% of its population and has, alongside France, one of the lowest vaccination rates in the EU, he was asked if he was willing, like Hungary, to buy the Russian vaccine without the approval of the European Medicines Agency.

“Every government must approach with the utmost caution matters concerning public health, people’s safety and vaccination. The EMA and the Croatian medicines agency are filters, and experts must help governments make wise decisions. To me as prime minister, public health and the safety and protection of our citizens will always come first.”

Regarding the suspension of vaccination with AstraZeneca in a number of European countries due to allegedly serious side effects, including blood clots, Plenković said no such cases had been registered in Croatia.

“We haven’t noticed any of the side effects after the administration of AstraZeneca/Oxford that may have occurred in other countries. On the contrary, we believed from the start that this vaccine is good also for our citizens older than 65,” he said.

“At this moment, according to the information we have, we have neither reason nor grounds to apply that measure and will continue to use the AstraZeneca vaccine,” he added.

Speaking of the Commission’s proposal to introduce so-called COVID passports, whereby travellers would certify that they are vaccinated or have a negative PCR test, Plenković said it could be part of a strategy to bring tourists back to Croatia.

He said “it could serve as an aid to enable free travel. That’s something we should consider.”

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