Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babish believes that the country no longer needs the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, since other drugs against coronavirus are available. He spoke about this on May 2 in an interview with the YouTube channel Xaver Live.
“We already do not need it (the Russian vaccine – ed.). We have enough vaccines, ”Babis stressed, answering the question whether the use of Sputnik V in the country is a closed topic.
As the President of the Republic Milos Zeman noted earlier, the Russian vaccine could be used in the Czech Republic, subject to the approval of the national regulator. Babis, who previously also did not exclude the use of Sputnik V, said that this could happen only after the approval of the drug by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
According to the latest data, there are 49.5 thousand patients with confirmed coronavirus in the Czech Republic. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1.63 million people have been infected in the country, 29.3 thousand have died.
On April 27, the Minister of Health of the Russian Federation Mikhail Murashko announced the completion of the first stage of the EMA examination of Sputnik V.
On March 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed to the growing interest in Sputnik V abroad, despite the deliberate discrediting of the vaccine and informational stuffing. The statements of EU officials about the “uselessness” of Sputnik V, according to Putin, make one think that the interests of individual companies, rather than citizens, are more priority in Europe.
The first COVID-19 vaccine in Russia and the world was registered on August 11, 2020. Sputnik V was developed by the specialists of the Gamaleya Center.
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