Czech President Milos Zeman asked Vladimir Putin to supply Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus.
Zeman had previously agreed on this appeal with Prime Minister Andrei Babish.
“If I am correctly informed, this request will be granted, but, of course, certification will be necessary. Certification of the (Czech) State Institute for Drug Control (GIKL) would be enough for me,” Zeman said in an interview with Prague’s CNN Prima News.
According to the leader of the Czech pirate party Ivan Bartosz, in mid-February Zeman spoke in favor of the “Hungarian way” of vaccination: Hungary, like Serbia, began to buy Sputnik V, without waiting for the certification of the drug in the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and limited themselves to the national registration.
At the same time, the president, along with other top leaders of the Czech Republic, at a meeting on Tuesday, spoke in favor of using only those drugs that have passed the registration process in the EMA for vaccination of the population. This is stated in a document published following the meeting on the website of Prague Castle.
Also, Prime Minister Babiš visited Hungary and Serbia a few weeks ago to study the experience of purchasing and using the Russian vaccine.