Bosnian NBA player Jusuf Nurkic told ESPN that he tried to purchase vaccines against Covid-19 for Bosnia but that the rules in the United States prevented him from doing so.
“They just have donations, but not enough to vaccinate the people,” Nurkic said about Bosnia.
“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,” he told ESPN.
He explained that even if he could find the vaccines, “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,” he said.
Nurkic explained that what makes the matter worse for him is that he knows a lot of vaccines go wasted in the US as many people refuse them.
“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 said.
“I just feel like humanity has kind of failed, because all the countries around should get at least some of those vaccines, right?” he said.
What additionally motivated the NBA star from Tuzla is that his late grandmother survived Covid-19 last year, and he knows she had a difficult time getting treatment in Bosnia, he said.