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Albania reaches agreement for Chinese vaccine

06:47 - 23 March 2021

Albania reaches agreement for Chinese vaccine

The Albanian government has reached an agreement for the Chinese Coronavac vaccine, created by the Sinovac company. The purchase of the vaccines has not been made directly with the Chinese government, but through the Turkish distributor “Keymen Ilaç Sanayi ve ticaret”. This agreement has been...

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Russian vaccines will be used for citizens over 80, while University professors continue with AstraZeneca

04:58 - 23 March 2021

Russian vaccines will be used for citizens over 80, while University professors continue with AstraZeneca

The Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, and Health Minister Ogerta Manasitrliu observed the vaccination process of university professors in Tirana. Minister Manastirliy declared that 12,000 teachers or 30% of all educators have received the first dose of the vaccine. “200 university professors will receive the...

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Kosovo: COVID-19, the main challenge in Albin Kurti’s first government meeting

04:52 - 23 March 2021

Kosovo: COVID-19, the main challenge in Albin Kurti’s first government meeting

The management of the pandemic and the economic recovery were the main challenges laid out in the first meeting of the Kosovo government led by Albin Kurti. After the ceremonial meeting, Kurti said that urgent measures are needed to reduce the number of infections, to...

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28 Albanian police officers have lost their lives to COVID-19

03:01 - 23 March 2021

28 Albanian police officers have lost their lives to COVID-19

The Albanian Police Officers were on the front line in order to implement the measures taken by the government for confronting the pandemic. Official data from the State Police, following an inquiry form A2 News, show that 28 police officers have lost their lives due...

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Albanian doctor in the US: Accelerated vaccination to stop new variants of COVID-19

04:22 - 22 March 2021

Albanian doctor in the US: Accelerated vaccination to stop new variants of COVID-19

Albanian doctor in New York, Skender Murtezani, declared on A2 News that the vaccination process must continue and that it is very important for stopping the virus. According to Murtezani, if we don’t stop the virus, there could be a new variant that might resist...

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Albania receives the first batch of Russian vaccines, a gift from the UAE Prince

01:22 - 22 March 2021

Albania receives the first batch of Russian vaccines, a gift from the UAE Prince

Albania will receive today 10,000 doses from the Russian vaccine “Sputnik V”, against the COVID-19. A few days ago the government issued orders that allowed the importing of vaccine from Russia and China, and their distribution among the population. The Albanian Health Minister, Ogerta Manastirliu,...

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Greece keeps the Kapshtica border checkpoint closed for two more weeks

01:01 - 22 March 2021

Greece keeps the Kapshtica border checkpoint closed for two more weeks

The Greek authorities have postponed once again the opening of the Kapshtica border checkpoint with Albania. The new decision will be taken on April 5th. Until that day, the traffic from Albania to Greece will remain closed. Those  leaving Greece and entering Albania will be...

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COVID-19 in Kosovo: 8 deaths and 771 confirmed cases in the past 24 hours

04:07 - 20 March 2021

COVID-19 in Kosovo: 8 deaths and 771 confirmed cases in the past 24 hours

Eight persons have lost their lives in the past 24 hours due to COVID-19. The National Institution for Public Health in Kosovo confirmed 771 new cases out of 3937 tests. Kosovo has 11,909 active cases, while 666 patients have recovered within the past 24 hours,...

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Rama explains why Kosovo health professionals have to be vaccinated in Albania

04:02 - 20 March 2021

Rama explains why Kosovo health professionals have to be vaccinated in Albania

250 doctors from Kosovo have arrived in Durres, where they will take the COVID-19 vaccine. The Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, was present in the process. In this meeting, Rama revealed why the vaccines had to be taken in Kukes and couldn’t be delivered in...

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Albanian Armed Forces prepare for COVID-19 vaccination

03:55 - 20 March 2021

Albanian Armed Forces prepare for COVID-19 vaccination

The Albanian Health Ministry has increased its statements regarding mass vaccination. The authorities are hermetic and do not disclose which country is providing a large number of vaccines. They also don’t mention the brand of the vaccine that will arrive. The Public Health Institution is...

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COVID-19, Kosovo marks the highest number of daily confirmed cases

06:37 - 19 March 2021

COVID-19, Kosovo marks the highest number of daily confirmed cases

The Kosovo Public Health Institution reported 828 new cases today, marking the highest number for this year. Almost half of the cases were verified in Prishtina, followed by Vushtria and Mitrovica. 1744 persons have lost their lives in Kosovo since the beginning of the pandemic....

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COVID-19 in Albania: 16 deaths and 494 new cases for the past 24 hours

06:40 - 19 March 2021

COVID-19 in Albania: 16 deaths and 494 new cases for the past 24 hours

The Albanian Health authorities declared that in the past 24 hours they have carried out 2986 tests, 494 of which resulted positive. The number of recovered patients is higher than the new cases, at 690. Since March 8th, 2020, Albania has reported 120,022 confirmed cases...

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Education Minister: No more doubts on Astrazeneca, mass vaccination will continue

05:09 - 19 March 2021

Education Minister: No more doubts on Astrazeneca, mass vaccination will continue

After the European Medicament Authority declared that the Astrazeneca is safe and efficient, teachers in Albania are no longer uncertain about taking the vaccine. One day after the decision issued by EMA, the Albanian Health Ministry also declared that AstraZeneca hasn’t shown any problem so...

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EU agency declares AstraZeneca vaccine safe for use

10:16 - 18 March 2021

EU agency declares AstraZeneca vaccine safe for use

The Security Committee at the European Medicament Agency held an urgent meeting today regarding the AstraZeneca vaccine. Their findings led to the conclusion that the vaccine is safe, effective and its benefits outweigh the risks. The meeting was held after several countries in the world...

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COVID-19, 590 new cases in Albania, situation getting worse in Kosovo

06:42 - 18 March 2021

COVID-19, 590 new cases in Albania, situation getting worse in Kosovo

The Albanian Health Ministry declared that 14 persons have lost their lives due to the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. After conducting 2954 tests, 590 resulted positive. The authorities have administered 2954 vaccines in the past day, while 710 persons have recovered from the...

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UK specialist: Astrazeneca, no issues after 17 mln doses in Britain. Rama: Ready to vaccinate citizens over 60

05:05 - 18 March 2021

UK specialist: Astrazeneca, no issues after 17 mln doses in Britain. Rama: Ready to vaccinate citizens over 60

Laidon Shapo, a public health specialist in London, declared on A2’s “Ditari” that AstraZeneca hasn’t had any issue in the Great Britain. “We have administered 17 million doses in the UK and there hasn’t been any case of thrombosis. It is interesting that Germany had...

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Education Minister: Teachers can choose to take the vaccine later

02:31 - 18 March 2021

Education Minister: Teachers can choose to take the vaccine later

The Minister of Education, Evis Kushi, declared on A2 News “Dita Jone” that teachers can decide to do the vaccine now or at a second moment. “I am very happy that we started the vaccination process. Teachers are a priority because they are taking risks...

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Parliament passed a law that allows vaccines from other countries, Chinese Embassy ready to negotiate

02:05 - 18 March 2021

Parliament passed a law that allows vaccines from other countries, Chinese Embassy ready to negotiate

The Parliamentary Commission of Laws passed two government orders that authorize negotiations for the purchase of Russian and Chinese vaccines, and their usage among the population. The government orders Health Minister Ogerta Manastirliu and Reconstruction Minister, Arben Ahmetaj, to negotiate with countries that produce vaccines...

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COVID-19 in Albania: 15 deaths and 446 new cases

06:40 - 17 March 2021

COVID-19 in Albania: 15 deaths and 446 new cases

The Albanian Health Ministry reported 15 deaths caused by COVID-19 in the past 24 hours and 446 new cases. The total number of tests carried out was 2997, while 744 people have recovered. The Health Ministry press release notes that 3338 vaccines were administered today...

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Immunization Committee: Albania will continue with AstraZeneca, efforts for Russian and Chinese vaccines

05:54 - 17 March 2021

Immunization Committee: Albania will continue with AstraZeneca, efforts for Russian and Chinese vaccines

Albania will continue with the application of the AstraZeneca vaccines, while there have been efforts to obtain the Russian and Chinese ones. The experts of the Immunization Committee declared that the suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine by many European countries is not based on scientific...

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Dollenberg: Germany suspended AstraZeneca temporarily so that citizens wouldn’t lose their trust

02:13 - 17 March 2021

Dollenberg: Germany suspended AstraZeneca temporarily so that citizens wouldn’t lose their trust

Germany has suspended the distribution of the AstraZeneca vaccine until next Tuesday, due to the cases that have caused thrombosis and blood clotting. Dr.Aurora Meta Dollenberg, today’s guest on A2 News “Dita Jonë”, said that there have been just 7 cases in 1.6 million vaccines....

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“Absolut 4”, the vaccination process in Albania and the AstraZeneca controversy

10:50 - 16 March 2021

“Absolut 4”, the vaccination process in Albania and the AstraZeneca controversy

Did Albania start the vaccination process too late? Gazmend Koduzi, from the Health Department of the Democratic Party, declared on “Absolut 4” that Albania has lost the highest number of health professionals to COVID-19, compared to all other European countries. For Koduzi, the situation would...

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Albanian Chief of Infective Diseases: No side effects so far with the AstraZeneca vaccine

08:36 - 16 March 2021

Albanian Chief of Infective Diseases: No side effects so far with the AstraZeneca vaccine

The Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, inspected the vaccination process for teachers in Durrs, accompanied by the Head of the Epidemiologic Department at the Public Health Institution, Silva Bino, and by the Health Minister Manastirliu. After discussing the progress of the vaccination process in Albania,...

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COVID-19 in Albania, 17 deaths and 475 new cases in the past 24 hours

08:41 - 16 March 2021

COVID-19 in Albania, 17 deaths and 475 new cases in the past 24 hours

17 persons have died of COVID-19 related complications in the past 24 hours. The Albanian authorities have carried out 3005 tests during the last day, 475 of which resulted positive. In total, 578 persons are considered recovered in the past 24 hours. The COVID hospitals...

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“Vaccination rate in Albania, very concerning as ending of pandemic remains distant”

01:51 - 16 March 2021

“Vaccination rate in Albania, very concerning as ending of pandemic remains distant”

Doctor Fabian Cenko, today’s guest on A2 News morning show, “Dita Jonë”, declared that every vaccine that passes the security tests should be used for stopping the pandemics. “We’re still far away from overcoming this pandemic. The challenges for this moment and even for the...

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Debate for vaccines: No scientific data that AstraZeneca causes problems

09:14 - 15 March 2021

Debate for vaccines: No scientific data that AstraZeneca causes problems

Doctor Erion Dasho, today’s guest on A2’s daily show “Ditari”, commented on the debate caused recently regarding the AstraZeneca virus, which has been suspended in several countries while Albania just received a batch to use it on teachers. Dasho said that there haven’t been any scientific...

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Rama’s changed approach towards Eastern vaccines, following the Serbian model

08:53 - 15 March 2021

Rama’s changed approach towards Eastern vaccines, following the Serbian model

The normative acts taken recently by the Albanian government have made the Albanian Prime Minister completely refute his own declarations regarding the origin of the vaccines that Albania would import. From a country that would be loyal to the EU even as regards vaccines, Albania...

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COVID-19 in Albania: 15 deaths and 543 new cases in the past 24 hours

07:21 - 15 March 2021

COVID-19 in Albania: 15 deaths and 543 new cases in the past 24 hours

15 persons have lost their lives due to the coronavirus in the past 24 hours. The Albanian health authorities have conducted 3001 tests, 543 of which have resulted positive. 578 persons have recovered. There are 485 patients who are receiving treatment in hospitals, 32 of...

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Albanian Health Officials: Current measures enough to stop COVID-19 from spreading

06:25 - 15 March 2021

Albanian Health Officials: Current measures enough to stop COVID-19 from spreading

Artan Simaku, epidemiologist at the Albanian Public Health Institution declared on A2 “Ditari” that the current restrictive measures are enough to stop the spread of the pandemic. “We had predicted a higher number of cases since January. One of the reasons was the possible circulation...

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Albania allows usage of Russian and Chinese vaccines among population

05:46 - 15 March 2021

Albania allows usage of Russian and Chinese vaccines among population

Within a few days, the Albanian government has changed another normative act. Now they will allow the usage of vaccines originated from countries which are not certified by the EU Medicaments Agency or by the American FDA. By modifying the original act, which allowed the...

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