Germany considers possible orders for Russian COVID-19 vaccine


Berlin (AP) — German health minister does not plan to order Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine on Thursday, but his country will discuss with Russia whether individual orders make sense. Said that.

The EU executive committee said Wednesday that it would not order Sputnik V on behalf of member states, unlike other manufacturers, Health Minister Jens Spahn told WDR public radio.

Germany, a strong supporter of the EU’s joint order, told fellow EU health ministers, “First, when and how much to talk to Russia,” Spawn said. “To really make a difference in our current situation, delivery will have to be done within a few months already,” he said.

Otherwise, Germany would already have “more than enough vaccine,” he said.

With the delay in vaccine deployment across Germany and the EU, some German politicians have called for Sputnik V, especially at the state level. Spahn said he would like to get concrete details and end the “abstract discussion”. What is possible?

Elsewhere in the EU Hungary In February, it became the first country to start using Sputnik V and China’s China National Pharmaceutical vaccine, neither of which has been approved by EU drug regulators.

The· Slovak government The former Prime Minister collapsed after coordinating a secret deal to buy two million Sputnik V, despite disagreements with his coalition partners.

Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz said his country is at the end of negotiations to secure a dose of Sputnik V. He clarified whether Austria could permit its use before the EU approves it.

In Germany itself, two state governments are promoting tentative plans to secure doses of Russian vaccines.

On Wednesday, the Governor of Bavaria said that if his administration signed a preliminary contract with a company in a state in southern Germany and the shot was cleared by the European Medicines Agency, it would probably allow 2.5 million doses of Sputnik V in July. Stated.

On Thursday, Harry Grau, the health minister of the northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, said his state had secured the option of a million doses. He claimed that “currently, we are in the process of relying heavily on too few manufacturers,” the news agency dpa reported.

Spahn emphasized the German government’s position that Sputnik V must be licensed for use by the EMA in order to be deployed in the country, “for which Russia must provide data”. .. EU regulators began a rolling review of the vaccine in early March.

Meanwhile, EU top executives said they were skeptical of rushing to order vaccines from Russia and China.

Thierry Breton, a member of EU executives who heads the European Commission’s Vaccine Task Force, Said in the blog entry “There is no reason to doubt the potential efficacy, safety and quality of vaccines developed outside the EU,” he said, for the EMA to evaluate.

“Whenever I was asked to comment on these vaccines, I commented from an industrial perspective. Can I add them to my European vaccine portfolio and to my immune goals for the summer of 2021?” Breton wrote. It was.

“I think the answer is no.”

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