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Attending the discussion were the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Krunoslav Capak; the Director of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety, John Ryan; and Deputy Executive Director of the European Medicines Agency, Noel Wathion.

Capak said it had been a mistake to order such a large quantity of the AstraZeneca vaccine and that according to delivery promises made by the British-Swedish pharmaceutical company, Croatia was supposed to receive 2.7 million doses.

In reality, due to slow production and concerns over blood clots, only a fraction have in fact been delivered.

"According to that promise, we were supposed to have received 1,072,000 doses from AstraZeneca in the first quarter of this year. But, unfortunately, we've received only 175,000 doses or slightly more than 10% of the amount that had been promised - which is very bad," said Capak

Capak, said earlier on Wednesday that around 5,000 doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine were set to arrive during the second week of April; plus a further 12,000 doses by the end of the month.

Nearly 500,000 vaccine doses from various pharmaceutical companies are expected to arrive in Croatia by the end of April.

According to the Civil Protection Directorate, 2,623 new coronavirus infections and 19 virus-related deaths were recorded over the past twenty-four hours. 1,337 patients are being treated in hospital; 144 of whom are on ventilators.

Source: HRT