SARAJEVO, May 4 (FENA) – Director of the WHO Regional Office for Europe Hans Kluge expressed his condolences today to the family members of all those who lost their loved ones in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the pandemic. He also expressed admiration for all health care workers and others who are in the front line in fighting the pandemic.
After a meeting with BiH Council of Ministers Chairman Zoran Tegeltija, which was also attended by Republika Srpska Prime Minister Radovan Višković and FBiH Prime Minister Fadil Novalić, he said it is important to work with BiH authorities to make health a priority.
He thanked the participants for their commitment when it comes to the Roadmap related to health in the Western Balkans for the period 2021 to 2025, because it is a strategic vision in the field of health that focuses on the priorities of what the health system represents.
Speaking about the work of the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH, he commended their work when it comes to the organization of the COVAX system and praised the entity ministers of health for the country’s preparedness when it comes to the organization of vaccination in BiH.
“We will continue to advocate the strongest possible distribution of vaccines and I will continue to emphasize how important it is to share vaccines with all countries because the only way out of the pandemic is solidarity,” he underlined.
He acknowledged that it was globally visible that the start of vaccination was slow, but said it should be understood that this was not routine immunization but immunization against a pandemic.
He noted that it usually takes five to 10 years to develop a vaccine and is a historical fact because five safe and effective vaccines have been developed within one year.
“The authorities in BiH have tried to do everything in their power to get the vaccines as soon as possible. But there is a global shortage of vaccines and the WHO is doing the best it can when it comes to public-private partnerships to strengthen vaccine production to increase the number of vaccines and enable technology transfer,” Kluge added.
He says that he is cautiously optimistic and that he sees the light at the end of the tunnel, and when it comes to BiH the number of cases is decreasing for the sixth consecutive week, but it is not over yet and it is still necessary to adhere to the measures.