Prime Minister Zoran Zaev today also confirmed that an attempt was made to make a deal through this shell company and urged the press to talk to his Healthcare Minister Venko Filipce for more details.

We talked to dozens of companies. We paid advance guarantees. Of course that this payment was returned, Zaev said.
He would not commit to declassifying the documents that would provide an insight into the negotiating process. Besides the structure of the deal and the attempt to use an unsuitable company of suspicious origin, another issue is the willingness of the Government to pay 65 USD per dose – which is seen as excessive.