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At the Bottom of the Balkans: Kosovo’s Bumpy Road in Securing Vaccines

Arber Fetahu

Arber Fetahu 400x500The pandemic marked its first anniversary a few weeks ago. Covid-19 exposed systemic problems in the health system of Kosovo and other institutional branches. While the high number of positive cases and deaths made the headlines, the government declarations that they have secured hundreds of thousands dozes of vaccines were full of hope, if it were to be true.

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Political wrangling instead of vaccines

Vanja Stokić

Vanja Stokic 400x500Apart from a few isolated attempts, most people are not filing complaints to institutions and are not asking for accountability. They do not even accept the opportunities for inoculation they are offered, as rare as they may be. It's as if they want to hold on and see who is right, anti-vaxxers or doctors, and how the whole procurement drama will play out. In all likelihood, it will be too late then.

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Bulgaria’s COVID-19 vaccination fiasco: excessive risks, mediocre results

Vladimir Atanasov

Naum Kajcev 400x500Bulgaria’s vaccination program can only be deemed a fiasco. It can be attributed to a number of factors — poor organization, incompetence, and potential conflict of interest. In turn, the drama, which unravels now, is not surprising. Bulgaria is second in the EU in deaths per capita on a seven-day rolling basis and last in the EU by number of administered vaccines per capita.

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The unbearably slow vaccination process in Croatia

Vedrana Simičević

Naum Kajcev 400x500Favoritism, weak strategy and poor communication with the public were the features of the first months of vaccination and they are the reasons that Croatia is currently at the bottom of the EU scale in terms of percentage of vaccinated population. As the third wave of the pandemic rages, the citizens are frustrated to see healthy middle-aged people already vaccinated in some cities, while elsewhere those over 70 are still waiting for a call.

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It will happen when it happens! – The vaccination entanglement in North Macedonia

Stefan Ristovski, Angel Mojsovski

Ristovski MojsovskiThe number of people who are infected and have passed has increased significantly in the past period, while the epidemiological situation in the country is critical. The way the authorities are handling the crisis raises the dilemma of whether the health of citizens is truly the number one priority in this pandemic.

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Greece hopes that beaches won’t be empty again this summer, but vaccination numbers say otherwise

Georgia Nakou

Georgia Nakou 400x500The hope in government circles is that increased vaccination rates and warmer weather will bring infections down to manageable levels and make it safe to welcome visitors for the sake of the economy. The numbers suggest that this will be a higher-risk strategy than is publicly acknowledged.

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The Balkans is far from herd immunity against COVID 19

A group of citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina has filed criminal charges against the authorities. They demand responsibility for the vaccine delays and the high number of deaths from the virus. Despite the mass-scale vaccination, Serbia is far from herd immunity with only 15% of immunized people. In order to slow the spread of the corona virus, 70 to 80 percent of the population need to be vaccinated. The assumptions are that every third person in RN Macedonia had contact with the corona virus. In the video podcast of #ResPublicaMK we talk about the perspectives and dynamics of the vaccination process in the region.

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Excess of vaccines in Serbia will go to waste. Literally.

Igor Todorovic

Igor Todorovic 400x500Serbia is the first country in Europe and the seventh in the world in terms of the full vaccination coverage rate! However, judging by the government’s latest moves, the rates are stagnating. Conflicting statements and actions since the beginning of the epidemic, especially coming from the crisis headquarters, gave rise to suspicions among the people and made way for conspiracy theorists. It is uncertain whether the demand for vaccination will bounce back.

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Montenegro’s vaccination adventure: Lord, bless us with good health

Daniela Vukcevic

Daniela Vukcevic 400x500Back in the day, the mega-popular regional star Lepa Brena sang the lyrics "Bless us, Lord, with health and joy" (“Daj, Bože, zdravlja i radosti”) in one of her songs. Although this hit is now over three decades old, the refrain is especially relevant today.

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May 2021 be the year of vaccination against the COVID – authoritarianism

The blog is part of the joint Res Publica and Project Syndicate publication, “The Pandemic of Fear”.

Prof. Karolina Ristova – Aasterud Ph.D.

Karolina Ristova Asterud 200x250The critical minority does not view 2020 just as a year that brought us the pandemics but also as a year that brought another type of pandemics – the one of COVID – authoritarianism.

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Lessons from the nation that tested its entire population

Michaela Ružičková

Michaela Ruzickova 200x250We should not consider it as a failure, but it has to be said that it resulted only in temporary decline of spreading the virus. On the other hand, spreading disinformation had more significant consequences.

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It will be a long winter in Turkey

Kaan Bayırakoşan

Kaan Bayirakosan 200x250Are the imposed solutions temporary or permanent?

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The economic price of rigorous measures in BiH

Danijal Hadzovic

Danijal Hadzovic 200x250This pandemic might be a chance to implement more profound economic reforms that are much needed for the country, and for which the crisis could be a great opportunity.

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Hard times for Albania

Ornela Liperi

Ornela Liperi 200x250Economic recovery won’t be as easy as expected.

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Politicians in Kosovo are being obstinate, citizens are suffering

Lirim Gashi

Lirim Gashi 200x250Citizens and the economy are the victims of political wars in Kosovo.

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Invisible in the fight against an invisible enemy

Stefan Maric

Stefan Maric 200x250Self-employed persons, workers in precarious employment or in the "shadow economy", as well as the most socially underprivileged households, are largely left alone again, twisting in the wind.

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This year was an economic bust for Montenegro

Milos Krivokapic

Milos Krivokapic 200x250Inadequate measures of the Government of Montenegro led to a 138 million euro decrease in deposits in the period from February to April, mostly affecting private companies, whose liquidity was put on the line, and it also led to another 5,000 people joining the unemployment line in April alone.

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The Bulgarian response to the pandemic: Throwing money away

Mila Kisjova

Mila Kisjova 200x250It appears that the country is coping well with the pandemic, the reality, however, is much scarier.

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The salvation of the Croatian economy does not lie in the EU, but in fundamentally reforming the entire system

Nikolina Lednicki

Jona Koprencka 200x250

It’s time for drastic changes.

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When healthcare is bad, the economy also suffers

Branimir Jovanovic

Jona Koprencka 200x250

Public health and the economy go hand in hand during a pandemic, so the best way to help the economy in the current crisis is to introduce adequate restrictions to control the pandemic.

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