Croatia has received the first 16,800 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which will be distributed across the country as of Monday, government spokesman Marko Milic announced on Twitter on Saturday.
Milic said that 150,000 doses of the same vaccine were expected to be delivered by the end of the month.
„It is important to say, considering the controversies, that the European Medicines Agency has registered this vaccine for persons aged 18 and over, that is for all age groups older than 18. Clinical studies have shown that the vaccine is 60% effective in preventing the disease,“ he added.
He also pointed out that none of the subjects who had been administered the vaccine had a serious form of the disease nor were they hospitalised, meaning that the vaccine was almost 100% effective for serious forms of the disease.
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