Brnabic: Vaccine factory an investment for future
Serbia is building a vaccine factory because it wants its citizens to be fully protected from the coronavirus and similar viruses in the future, as well as to also be able to help people in the region, Europe and worldwide, Serbian PM Ana Brnabic said on Monday.
Brnabic was responding to a reporter’s question why Serbia needed a vaccine factory at this time and why the government had set aside 16 mln euros of budget funds for that purpose.
“Because we are thinking proactively,” she said.
Also, the government wants to ensure all citizens are safe in case a so-called booster shot – a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine - is needed after a year or two, she said.
“That is also what our thinking was when we were fighting for these vaccines and that is what makes us one of the most successful countries in Europe and why we are also able to help someone else.
In case there is no need to produce these vaccines, it (the factory) will remain as a really good investment that will be increasingly based on biotechnology and bioinformation science and production of various medicines and vaccines for anything that may come in the future,” she said.
“That is something that will be an investment for the future, if not for the coronavirus, then for some other fight,” Brnabic said. ■