Bosnia and Herzegovina has reserved 1.2 million doses of vaccine against COVID-19 via the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access (COVAX) Facility. This amount is sufficient to cover only about 20 percent of the population. While the manufacturer and delivery date for Bosnia and Herzegovina are still unknown, most other countries in the region signed contracts on the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines directly with pharmaceutical companies. The Ministry of Civil Affairs stated in a press release that by signing an agreement with the Global Alliance for Vaccines (GAVI Alliance), Bosnia and Herzegovina signed up to be among the first countries in the world to receive the vaccine against COVID-19. "1,232,000 doses of potential vaccine for 20 percent of the population have been ordered with overall average price per dose of USD 10.55," the Ministry of Civil Affairs stated. Minister Ankica Gudeljevic stated that one can imagine that the moment a vaccine appears on the market, there will be very high demand. "This was precisely the goal... We wanted to make sure the rich do not buy all the vaccines and that less rich, or poor countries, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, remain without a vaccine," Gudeljevic underlined. Croatia reserved COVID-19 vaccines for more than half of its population. Serbia has also launched the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines. A dozen vaccines around the world are in the final stages of testing. However, Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine and vaccines that are being developed by Pfizer and AstraZeneca have been singled out as potentially most effective. Pfizer and manufacturer of Sputnik V claim that their vaccines are effective in more than 90 percent of the cases.
In the past 24 hours, Bosnia and Herzegovina registered 1,728 new cases of COVID-19 and 49 coronavirus-related deaths.