Serbia donates coronavirus vaccine to Lebanon

Ministarstvo spoljnih poslova

Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic handed 20,000 doses of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to the authorities in Lebanon on Tuesday, a day after a Belgrade University professor warned that the country has a surplus of vaccines.

A ministry press release said that the shipment was the first half of a donation of 40,000 doses of vaccine which Serbia is donating to Lebanon. The Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine is being produced under license at the Torlak Institute in Belgrade.

The press release said that the shipment was received by Lebanon’s acting Foreign Minister and current Defense Minister Zeina Akar who expressed gratitude for the donation and went on to discuss the economic situation and urgent need for fuels with Selakovic.

Belgrade University pharmacology Professor Radan Stojanovic said on Monday that Serbia has a stockpile of some 1.5 million doses of coronavirus vaccine which it will have to give away or dispose of soon.