Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic has said that Serbia has not politicized the issue of vaccination against the coronavirus at any point because, in her words, it is a matter of citizens' lives rather than geopolitics.
"The main reason for our success is that we were able to procure vaccines worldwide," Brnabic said in an interview with the online edition of German weekly Focus, conveyed by Deutsche Welle on Feb. 3.
Explaining how Serbia has so far vaccinated a bigger portion of the population than any EU member country, Brnabic said that "at no point were vaccines politicized, nor did the country of origin play any part, if the jab was safe."
When asked whether it was geopolitics after all that Serbia was also vaccinating Serbs in Kosovo, Brnabic replied that "it is not by their own will that the Kosovo Serbs are on the wrong side of the border dispute caused by Pristina." "We will not punish them because of that," she added.
Asked how the pandemic would change Europe, Brnabic said that Europe was already changing but that there was hope that it would learn some lessons from these difficulties. "Europe will rein the pandemic in, just like the next pandemics that will probably be inevitable in the future. The world needs the European Union, just like Serbia does. It will come out of these challenges stronger," she said.