China-donated COVID-19 vaccines arrived at Podgorica, Montenegro on March 3.
Chinese Ambassador to Montenegro Liu Jin and Montenegrin Health Minister Jelena Borovinic Bojovic welcomed the vaccines and attended the handover ceremony.
Liu said that this batch of vaccines embodies the good wishes from the Chinese people and is a vivid reflection of the traditional friendship between the two countries.
Montenegro is one of the first European countries to receive China’s vaccine donation, said Liu.
He said that as good friends and partners, China and Montenegro have for long been respecting, understanding, supporting and helping each other. Especially since the outbreak of COVID-19, the two peoples have sincerely supported each other and worked together to fight against the pandemic, further deepening the two sides’ traditional friendship. The Chinese government also supports Chinese businesses in negotiating vaccine purchases with Montenegro.
China believes that the Chinese vaccine will help Montenegro overcome the pandemic at an early date and recover its economy, said Liu.
The donation is also a concrete practice of building a global community of health for all. The outbreak has made the world realize that overcoming such global health challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic needs strengthening international cooperation and advocating multilateralism, which is also a consensus between China and Montenegro.
China is willing to work with Montenegro to strengthen coordination and cooperation and address common challenges, Liu added.
Bojovic said that the donation is another proof of the friendly relations and solidarity between the two countries.
On behalf of the prime minister and the government of Montenegro, Bojovic expressed gratitude to the Chinese leadership and people.
He said that Montenegrin people have high trust in the Chinese vaccines and believes the vaccines will play a vital role in defeating the pandemic in Montenegro.
Montenegro is very concerned about the health of the Chinese citizens in Montenegro and would do its best to provide them with the top medical services and guarantee their vaccination, said Bojovic.