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Bosnia reports almost 2,000 new coronavirus cases

Malaysia to donate 50,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Balkan country

Talha Ozturk   | 31.03.2021
Bosnia reports almost 2,000 new coronavirus cases

BELGRADE, Serbia 

Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday reported 1,972 new coronaviruses cases and 79 fatalities, according to health authorities.

Thousands of Bosnia and Herzegovina citizens went to neighboring Serbia during the weekend to receive vaccines against COVID-19.

Serbia has vaccinated thousands of foreigners from neighboring North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Croatia as well.

Bosnian media reported long traffic jams at the border crossings between Bosnia and Serbia on Saturday morning.

Many citizens of Bosnia and North Macedonia expressed their gratitude to Serbia on social media. In the two Balkan countries, vaccinations have barely been launched.

Also on Wednesday, Malaysia announced that it will send 50,000 doses of vaccine to Bosnia and Herzegovina in the first shipment.

The decision reportedly came after Bosnia Presidency member Sefik Dzaferovic talked to Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin last week, asking him to help Bosnian authorities establish the contacts for the vaccine purchase.

Bosnia has so far received two shipments of some 50,000 vaccine doses out of the total 1.2 million it secured through the global COVAX facility.

Other vaccines that have arrived in the country thus far included donations from Serbia and Turkey, while the donations announced by China and Slovenia are still expected.

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