Germany is calling on the European Commission to purchase the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine at a pan-European level, Politico newspaper reported, citing an unnamed German official.
“We asked the European Commission to launch the purchase procedure for Sputnik V. Now we see that the European Commission is in the process of launching this procedure, “- said a representative of the German authorities at a briefing in Berlin. The official added that formal negotiations with Russia have not yet begun. Nevertheless, according to him, the German authorities believe that negotiations should start in parallel, before the final consideration of the application that the creators of “Sputnik V” submitted to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Earlier, the representative of the European Commission Eric Mamer said that the doors of the European Union for the purchase of “Sputnik V” are not closed. According to him, it “depends on the circumstances.” At the same time, European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton said that the EU does not need a Russian vaccine, because the level of vaccine production in the EU countries can provide massive immunity from COVID-19 in Europe. The Russians, according to Mr. Breton, themselves “hardly get vaccines.”
The Sputnik V vaccine was developed by the Gamaleya Center, and more than 50 countries, including Hungary and Slovakia, have approved the use of the drug. According to the developer, the efficiency is over 90%. EMA began its examination of Sputnik V on March 4.