Sumary of Serbia’s leader chooses Chinese-made vaccine for own shot:
- BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic finally rolled up his sleeve for a coronavirus vaccine Tuesday, seeking to encourage his country increasingly skeptical citizens to get the shots themselves..
- A live TV broadcast showed Vucic, 51, taking a jab of the Chinese-developed Sinopharm vaccine in the remote eastern village of Rudna Glava..
- The populist Serbian president, who rarely wears a protective mask during his frequent public appearances, had promised for months to get vaccinated but found different reasons to postpone the event..
- The delay prompted speculation on social media that Vucic was afraid of injection needles, that he did not trust the vaccines or that he had been vaccinated secretly months ago..
- The president critics said his apparent reluctance helped boost an increasingly strong anti-vaccination movement in Serbia, a traditionally conservative country..
- Serbia has one of the highest COVID-19 inoculation rates in Europe, mainly thanks to the government large purchases of the Sinopharm vaccine..
- Vucic has taken most of the credit for the successful vaccination campaign, which he linked to his “friendly”…