The Republic of Seychelles has registered the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. This was announced on March 19 by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). The Philippines has also approved a Russian emergency vaccine.
Meanwhile, today the approximate date of certification of “Sputnik V” in Europe has become known – the Russian vaccine may gain access to Europe in May. According to the Minister of Health of the Federal Republic of Germany Jens Spahn, this is due to the lack of vaccines in Europe.
Marco Cavaleri, head of the EMA’s Health Threats and Vaccination Strategy, said on Radio 24 that the assessment of its safety will continue at least until the end of April, and in May the Russian vaccine will receive EU recommendations. “Sputnik is a well-developed vaccine that deserves general interest. We are happy to partner with a manufacturing company and see if we can use it in Europe, but we have to check if the production standards are up to expectations, ”he said.
According to the European Medicines Agency, the standard procedure for evaluating new vaccines was accelerated with the onset of the pandemic (it was reduced from 210 to 150 working days), but it still takes several months. The speed of decision making directly depends on the data provided by the developer, as well as on how quickly he will respond to additional questions from the regulator.
As stated the official representative of the European Commission Dana Spinant, the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic began in the European Union, which requires accelerating the vaccination process, and the most affordable vaccine, AstraZeneka, is currently not used in 20 EU countries due to suspicions of side effects.
The EU is also considering the possibility of producing a Russian drug in the EU countries. This requires such a request from four EU countries. Since Hungary and Slovakia have already purchased Sputnik, and several others are actively interested in it, a quorum for such a decision may soon be found. In March, plans to buy the Sputnik V vaccine were announced in Sweden, negotiations are underway to supply 200,000 doses by June. Prime Minister of Croatia Andrei Plenkovic stated that Zagreb could order a batch of the drug after verification by the Croatian regulator.
Chancellor Angela Merkel also confirmed the possibility of producing the Russian vaccine in Germany as soon as it is approved by the EMA and promised that a German specialized institute will help in the certification of the drug.
In addition, in early February, the authoritative magazine Lancet published an article where independent experts recognized the effectiveness and safety of the Sputnik V vaccine.
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