Jusuf Nurkic Tried To Buy Unused US COVID-19 Vaccines For His Home Country Bosnia

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Jusuf Nurkic Tried To Buy Unused US COVID-19 Vaccines For His Home Country Bosnia


Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic has already done many good things for underprivileged people – not only in Portland, but also in his home country of Bosnia.

Nurkic once even bought a house for a family he read about that lived in a destroyed house, without running water, without a bathroom and without almost any furniture, sleeping on the floor every night.

But that’s not where things end. Since Bosnia has been struck badly by the global Coronavirus pandemic, and only has limited access to the vaccine, Nurkic wanted to buy unused US COVID-19 vaccines for his entire country. Unfortunately his attempts were not successful, and ended up making Nurkic question humanity.



“They just have donations, but not enough to vaccinate the people,” Nurkic says. “I tried to buy it for the whole country. I figured out the money, the plan and everything. But we still can’t do it.

“Even if we find vaccines, I guess United States laws say that until the American people are vaccinated, you can’t sell it. So, I don’t know what else to do. I really tried.”

What’s even harder, Nurkic says, is knowing how much vaccine supply is going unused in the United States, which he would gladly purchase for his country.

“All these countries are suffering and you have the United States, obviously the No. 1 in the world, has the vaccines and people don’t want to get vaccinated,” he says.

“I just feel like humanity has kind of failed, because all the countries around should get at least some of those vaccines, right?”


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