Eastern Europe, Djokovic And Vaccine Hesitancy

The Novak Djokovic saga has offered us a glimpse into the worrying levels of anti-vaccination sentiment gripping Eastern Europe. 

Unsurprisingly, a deadly wave of Omicron is sweeping through the region thanks to low rates of Covid vaccination.

Tom Tilley and Katrina Blowers chat to Serbian Professor of Political Science at the University of Belgrade Vojin Rakic on today’s Briefing to find out more about the situation in Djokovic’s home country of Serbia and neighbours like Romania and Bulgaria.

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Rakic says it’s likely Serbia’s vaccination rate is lower than 50% and whilst anti-vaccination figures like Djokovic are a problem, it is not the main cause. 

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