In February, Serbia led the COVID-19 vaccination race with the highest rate in continental Europe. News outlets reported that the government was successful with its vaccination strategy, which put health above politics, by viewing the purchase and distribution of vaccines as a health concern.
But six months later, the number of jabs given stagnated. This is due to many factors, such as historical and socio-political connotations, but also problems in public discourse, disinformation and controversial narratives.
Emma Hontebeyrie, podcast producer at the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM), welcomes Vuk Velebit, a political scientist with a focus on relations between Serbia, Russia and the West. They discuss how the vaccination process overlaps with the complex political discourse in Serbia.
“Central Europe Explained” (CEE) is a podcast series by the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe, powered by Erste Group. Credits: Production by Emma Hontebeyrie.
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