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Germany to negotiate 30 million Sputnik doses

Saxony Minister-President Michael Kretschmer has revealed that Berlin is considering ordering Russia’s anti-covid vaccine Sputnik. This even though the serum has not received the green light from Europe

Saxony Minister-President Michael Kretschmer has revealed that Berlin is considering ordering Russia’s anti-covid vaccine Sputnik. This even though the serum has not received the green light from Europe

(AFP) – “We strongly advocate for a rapid approval process by May,” tweeted Saxony Minister-President Michael Kretschmer on Thursday, speaking with the Russian minister of Health, Mikhail Murashko. And the elected conservative of the former GDR to affirm that Germany would like to buy 30 million doses, at the rate of 10 million doses each month between June and August.

Already, on April 8, the Russian Sovereign Fund (RDIF), which financed the development of the Sputnik vaccine, had indicated that it had started negotiations with Berlin “for an advance purchase contract”. German Health Minister Jens Spahn then justified Berlin’s decision to go it alone by refusing the European Commission to negotiate on behalf of the Twenty-Seven the purchase of Sputnik V, contrary to what it did with other covid-19 vaccines.

Bavaria had for its part negotiated a “preliminary contract” to receive 2.5 million doses of the Russian vaccine, subject to the European green light. The region of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania had followed suit, also announcing a pre-order. In France, the president of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region assured this weekend that he had approached the Russian ambassador in Paris to pre-order 500,000 doses of Sputnik V.

In Luxembourg, no agitation in this direction. The country having always assured to want to remain faithful to the line of conduct set by the European Commission (for orders) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the use of the various authorized serums (four currently). So, for now, there is no Russian vaccine in sight in the deliveries expected in the Grand Duchy.

The EMA has not set a deadline for its decision on Sputnik while for other laboratories that have so far submitted their Covid vaccine for approval, the EMA had examined the data provided for 2 to 4 months .


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