Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Tuesday that unlike some other countries, Croatia was not thinking about manufacturing a COVID-19 vaccine as its population was just four million and the vast majority were expected to be inoculated with the vaccines acquired by the EU.
As for the possibility of administering the Russian vaccine, the prime minister said he wanted to be completely sure about the procedure. He added that Croatia, like other EU member states, must rely on the European Medicines Agency to approve the reliability of medicines.
"We must have complete confidence in all medicines or vaccines that arrive in the country. Yesterday, I tasked the foreign and health ministers with this and if the Russian vaccine's reliability is proven we will go for those additional quantities in order to speed up the vaccination process," said Plenković.
On Monday, Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić-Radman defended the EU's vaccine procurement program, which has being criticized for its slow rollout. The minister said it was good that the EU undertook joint steps on behalf member states to acquire the vaccines. He said that on its own Croatia wouldn't be as successful.
Croatia recorded 274 new coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours. Unfortunately, eighteen more virus-related fatalities were also recorded since yesterday.
There are currently 1,959 active coronavirus cases in the country. Some 927 patients are being treated in hospital; 84 of whom are on ventilators.