Croatia PM Receives AstraZeneca Jab To Dismiss Fears
Sumaira FH 23 days ago Wed 24th March 2021 | 06:20 PM
Zagreb, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 24th Mar, 2021 ) :Croatia's prime minister publicly received his first dose of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 jab on Wednesday to quell fears over its safety, as the country battles an infection surge.
More than a dozen mostly European countries briefly suspended its use earlier this month, with most resuming rollouts after the EU's drug regulator deemed it safe.
Yet the controversy threatens to rollback growing support for vaccination in Croatia just at the moment when infections are on the rise.
A survey showed on Sunday that 65 percent of Croatians either wanted to get a Covid jab or had already received one, compared with a poll in December that suggested less than a half would get the vaccine.
A quarter of respondents told the latest poll they were against vaccination and the remaining 10 percent were undecided.
Plenkovic received the injection at the government's premises along with his health minister and parliamentary speaker, who both also contracted Covid-19 earlier.
"This is a signal of trust in the vaccine," Health Minister Vili Beros told reporters after the vaccination.
The move should encourage all other Croatians to get vaccinated, "jointly stamp out the epidemic and return to normal life", he said.
Other ministers were vaccinated in January.
Since the start of the pandemic, Covid-19 has claimed more than 5,800 lives.