Slovakia now wants to use the Russian vaccine Sputnik V against corona infections. Prime Minister Igor Matovic announced this on Friday, contradicting a formally valid decision by his own government. He was able to agree with Russia on the phased delivery of two million vaccine doses for Slovakia by June.
In view of the international shortage of vaccines, this is “a small miracle,” said the populist-conservative politician at a press conference in Bratislava that was specially convened for this purpose. In a cabinet meeting on Thursday, the Slovak government officially decided against the Russian vaccine, which had not yet been approved by the European Medicines Agency. Vice-Prime Minister Veronika Remisova, as head of the conservative smallest ruling party Für die Menschen, vetoed the order.
On Friday, however, Remisova himself stated that the Minister of Health does not need any approval from the cabinet, but can decide on the use of the vaccine according to the current legal situation. The Health Minister Marek Krajci, who belongs to the Matovic party OLaNO, now has a free hand for the use of Sputnik V, which he wants in accordance with the head of government got to.