Bulgaria has received the first batch of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and Cambridge-headquartered biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca consisting of 28,800 doses, the health ministry said.
The country expects to get a further four batches of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca vaccine by the end of February, the health ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
Health minister Kostadin Angelov said last month that Bulgaria expects to receive 4.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine which was approved for use in the EU by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) at the end of January.
Bulgaria has registered a total of 223,734 coronavirus cases as of Monday, with 193,251 recoveries and 9,331 associated deaths. A total of 57,038 doses of the vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have been administered to Bulgarian citizens as of Monday, according to data published by the health ministry.