BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s health minister said on Thursday that the European Union had no plans to order a Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, but that his country would negotiate with Russia to make sense of the individual order.
The EU Executive Committee announced on Wednesday that it would not place orders for Sputnik V on behalf of member states, as it has done with other manufacturers. Health Minister Jens Spann told WDR Public Radio about this.
The officer said the EU had told its health ministers that Germany, which strongly supports joint EU orders, “would talk bilaterally with Russia, first and foremost about when it might arrive.” He said that “in order to really make a difference in our current situation, deliveries must be made within the next two, four or five months.”
Otherwise, he said, Germany would already have “more than a vaccine.”
In Germany ին In the wake of the slow start of vaccine distribution in the EU, some German politicians have called, particularly at the state level, to order Sputnik to say that Span said he wanted to end the “abstract debate” by getting specific details on what was possible.
Elsewhere in the EU, in January-February, Hungary became the first country in the bloc to launch Sputnik V և Chinese Sinopharm vaccines, none of which have been approved by the EU drug regulator.
The Slovak government collapsed after its former prime minister began a secret deal to buy a միլիոն 2m stake in Sputnik V, despite disagreements with its coalition partners.
And Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has announced that his country is in the final stages of negotiations to secure Sputnik V shares. He left out whether Austria could allow its use before EU approval.
In Germany itself, two state governments are launching pilot programs to provide doses of Russian vaccines.
On Wednesday, the Bavarian governor announced that his administration was concluding a preliminary contract with a company in the southern German state that would allow it to receive a 2.5 million share of Sputnik V, possibly in July, if the shot was cleared by the European Medicines Agency.
On Thursday, Harry Glave, the health minister for the north-eastern Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania region, said his country had provided millions of doses. “We are currently at a stage where there is a lot of dependence on very few manufacturers,” he said.
The officer stressed the position of the German government that in order to use Sputnik V in the country, it must be cleared for the use of EMA և “for that, Russia must transfer data.” The EU regulator began rolling out vaccines earlier this month.
At the same time, a senior EU official said he was skeptical about rushing orders for Russian or Chinese vaccines.
Thierry Breton, the EU’s Executive Member, who chairs the Commission’s Vaccines Working Group, said in a blog post that “he has no reason to doubt the possible efficacy and safety of vaccines developed outside the EU”, but that’s the EMA’s assessment.
“When I was asked to comment on these vaccines, I did it from an industrial point of view. Can they add to the European vaccine portfolio և increase our immunity target for summer 2021? ” Breton wrote:
“I’m afraid the answer is no.”
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