Packed bars, a few masks and no barriers, Serbia Seems to have left the infection Corona virus. But there is nothing beyond reality in this Balkan country that is currently at the forefront of Govt-19 infections in the world.
The country of seven million people has an average of more than 6,500 cases a day in the last two weeks, according to AFP data. The infection rate is about 93.5 people per 100,000 population, the highest in the world.
Availability and variety of vaccines abound, but Only 40% of the population has a complete guide.
Although masks and social space are required indoors in public places, The rule is rarely enforced, Its pursuit depends on the will of each.
“I’m not worried about the virus. I had it last year, it’s not a big deal.”Marco, a 20-year-old economics student, told AFP at a packed bar in Belgrade.
Medical experts urged the government to impose drastic measures such as restricting the opening hours of non-essential shops or introducing a health certificate restricting the social interaction of those who have not been vaccinated.
But after weighing the idea for several weeks, Prime Minister Ana Pranab Mukherjee rejected it, arguing that there was no way to impose it effectively.
“As it is impossible to control the use of masks at home, it is impossible to control the health pass.”Brannick said in a recent TV appearance.
“We have a solution for this (…), it is a vaccine”He added.
Renowned Serbian epidemiologist Fredrac Kn, a member of the government-appointed think tank, was incredible in those words.
“I could not understand what I was hearing”He accused the leaders of being an “obstacle” at a group crisis meeting.
Rat Panic, which runs the medical association, connects the government’s reluctance to tighten measures for next spring’s election and the widespread influence of skeptics about vaccinations.
“Anti-vaccination has created a problem, but the government does not want to say it for the election.” Dijo Panic AFP.
“The news is that we are alone …, He said.
The AFP asked the government for an interview, but received no response.
“This is a battlefield”
Serbia has failed to vaccinate young people, except to be lax in using its rules. According to the government, only 22% of citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 have done so.
Branapic believes that young Serbs are different from other countries such as France, where the health certificate has prompted the vaccine.
“When they hear someone speak wrong of the certificate to enter the bar or disco, it becomes fashionable and all young people try to show that they can do it,” he said.
Panic, who works as an anesthesiologist at a hospital dedicated to the cove, confirmed the doctors were “overweight” and called the leader “dilettant.”
“There is a battlefield for dying patients and tired doctors,” he said.
The cradle of misinformation
in the beginning, Serbia It actively used its vaccination program to protect millions of doses from Western countries such as Russia and China, and even invited foreigners to inject.
The first European country to obtain permission to manufacture Chinese synoform and Russian Sputnik V.
It was also one of the first in the world to offer a booster dose to the general public.
But this Balkan state is the cradle of many false reports about the vaccine, fueled by distrust and lack of transparency on the part of the government and institutions after years of corruption scandals.
Even a handful of controversial doctors have publicized these suspicions and gained thousands of followers on social networks and national media.
“The government should not only encourage citizens, but also do everything possible to prevent lies and manipulation,” tweeted Sergei Lukik, a Serbian lung specialist working in Slovenia.
“Serbia failed miserably here”, Added.