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Webinar | Addressing the COVID-19 pandemic: vaccination efforts in FREE Network countries

Online, February 11, 2021

The Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) in collaboration with the FREE Network is delighted to invite you to a webinar to share insights and knowledge about how countries in Eastern Europe and around the Baltics are handling the vaccination efforts against the COVID-19 crisis.

With the pandemic still ongoing around the world and in many cases having entered both a second and third wave of infections and deaths—vaccination is urgently needed. Since the first vaccines against COVID-19 were approved, governments around the world are now pushing forward with the vaccination efforts – all with different strategies and methods. How are countries in Eastern Europe, around the Baltic Sea, and in the Caucasus managing vaccination efforts in their countries, and what are the key factors of success and failure? How different are the strategies?

Since the FREE Network includes research and policy institutes in Belarus (BEROC), Latvia (BICEPS), Russia (CEFIR at NES), Poland (CenEA), Georgia (ISET), Ukraine (KSE), and Sweden (SITE) the upcoming webinar will provide a comprehensive regional perspective on the vaccination efforts of different strategies implemented in these countries. Furthermore, the webinar will also shed light on how people have responded to vaccination offers; how other countries are being portrayed in the national media; and what the current discussions focus on. The webinar is part of a series of online discussions aiming to provide regional overview updates as well as in-depth analysis of specific topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Date & Time: Thursday, February 11, 2021, 10:00 - 12:00 (CET, Sweden), 12:00 - 14:00 (Minsk time).

Location: Online. A link to the webinar will be sent to you 4-5 hours before the start of the webinar.

Please register no later than the 10th of February.


Iurii Ganychenko, Senior researcher at Kyiv School of Economics (KSE/Ukraine)

Jesper Roine, Professor at the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE/ Sweden)

Lev Lvovskiy, Senior Research Fellow at the BEROC Economic Research Center (BEROC/ Belarus)

Michal Myck, Director of the Centre for Economic Analysis (CenEA/ Poland)

Natalia Volchkova, Director of the Centre for Economic and Financial Research at New Economic School (CEFIR at NES/ Russia)

Pavlo Kovtoniuk, Head of Health Economics Center at Kyiv School of Economics (KSE/Ukraine)

Sergejs Gubin, Research Fellow at the Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies (BICEPS/ Latvia)

Yaroslava V. Babych, Lead Economist at ISET Policy Institute (ISET PI/ Georgia)


Torbjörn Becker, Director of the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE)

For more information, please visit the website of the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE).