April 30, local time, the first batch of Chinese vaccine arrived in Northern Macedonia and was officially delivered, with Northern Macedonian Health Minister Philippe Ce and Chinese Ambassador to North Macedonia Zhang Zo attending a welcoming ceremony in Skopje, the capital of Northern Macedonia.
Filipce said that since the outbreak of Coronavirus, China has extended a helping hand to northern Macedonia and given selfless help, and the two countries have worked together to fight the outbreak and tide over the difficulties.
The arrival of the Chinese vaccine is crucial to the smooth progress of the North Macedonian government’s vaccination implementation plan and will give Northern Macedonia more confidence in its response to the outbreak. The arrival of the Chinese vaccine is a concrete manifestation of the friendly relations between the two countries, and North Macedonia is willing to further strengthen anti-epidemic and vaccine cooperation with China to overcome the epidemic at an early date.
Zhang said vaccination is an important task to prevent and control the epidemic, and vaccine cooperation is an important step to combat and overcome the epidemic. China has announced that vaccines will be a global public good and will join WHO’s Coronavirus Vaccine Implementation Programme to overcome difficulties to provide support to countries in need, such as Northern Macedonia, to jointly protect the lives and health of people of all countries.
The arrival of Chinese vaccines in Northern Macedonia is a concrete action to build a community of human health and wellness. At present, Coronavirus pandemic is still spreading, China opposes “vaccine nationalism” and strives to bridge the “immune gap”. China is ready to strengthen anti-epidemic cooperation with Northern Macedonia and jointly promote economic recovery for the better benefit of the two countries and their peoples.
North Macedonia will distribute chinese vaccines nationwide on May 3 and begin mass vaccinations on May 4, the North Macedonian News Agency reported.