With the Russian vaccine Sputnik V still not being approved for use by health authorities, Russians are flocking to Serbia to be administered Western-made vaccines.
As the Sputnik V vaccine continues to seek approval, Russians will need a Western-made vaccine in order to travel freely.
Serbia, which offers a wide range of vaccine choices, allows Russians to enter the nation without a visa, making it an ideal location for Russians to receive Western jabs.
According to Russia’s Association of Tour Operators, vaccination packages for Russians seeking shots endorsed by the World Health Organisation appeared on the market in mid-September.
According to Maya Lomidze, executive director of Russia’s Association of Tours Operators, vaccine tour prices start at $300 to $700 (€259.17 – €604.73) depending on what’s included.
Being the world’s first registered Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V has been approved in some 70 countries, which includes Serbia.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that the vaccine’s approval is still under review after citing issues at a production plant a few months ago.
WHO assistant Director-General Dr. Mariangela Simao said that other hurdles remain for the Russian vaccination, including a lack of scientific information and inspections of manufacturing sites.
The vaccine is also pending approval from the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
This prolonged wait has frustrated many Russians who have now begun searching for solutions elsewhere.
Rusky Express tour agency spokeswoman Anna Filatovskaya stated, “People don’t want to wait; people need to be able to get into Europe for various personal reasons,”.
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