Government spokesman Stelios Petsas, speaking on Wednesday morning on Parapolitika FM, revealed how many COVID-19 doses will arrive for the first phase of the vaccination program in Greece that will start in January, or maybe even the end of December.
As he said, only 300,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will come, which means that only 150,000 people will be vaccinated in January.
In fact, Petsas characterized this development as bad news.
The government spokesman added that Greeks should be careful, observe measures such as mask wearing and maintaining social distancing.
With so few Greeks being vaccinated in the first phase, it raises questions why Greece will send COVID-19 vaccines to North Macedonia from the first batch to arrive.
North Macedonian Health Minister, Venko Filipče, spoke last Friday with his Greek counterpart Vassilis Kikilias, who conveyed assurances from Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis that Greece will help its northern neighbor in the fight against pandemic.
According to Ethnos, Mitsotakis’ commitment is that Greece will send vaccines to the neighboring country from the first batch that will arrive in Athens.
The total number of cases diagnosed in the neighboring country since the beginning of the pandemic reaches at least 73,851, while there have been at least 50,046 recoveries and 2,147 deaths.
The total number of active cases today is 21,658.
Most cases are found in regional municipalities of Skopje and in the city center.