Athens will be ready to purchase the Russian Sputnik V vaccine after it receives approval from the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The Minister of Tourism of Greece Haris Theocharis stated this in an interview with Izvestia.
“One hundred percent. Once approved, it will become part of a package of vaccines that countries are allowed to use, ”the minister said.
Commenting on Greece’s refusal to purchase Sputnik V directly from Russia, bypassing the European Union, Haris Theocharis said that Athens perceives all vaccines the same, however, from a legal point of view, the republic’s leadership is a strict adherent of a common European approach.
“We are a country that believes in European integration, therefore we believe that we need to create common institutions even beyond the political dimension. We have our own medical agencies and pan-European medical institutions. In theory, they should work together – there is no reason to push them against each other. The Greek medical agency gives the same recommendations as the EMA, the minister told Izvestia. “On the other hand, we found out whether it was necessary to test people who received Sputnik V, and the evidence showed that no, people vaccinated with this vaccine should be treated the same way as those who received EMA-approved drugs.” …
Earlier, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that the Greek authorities did not purchase and use Sputnik V, so as not to conflict with the European Union. He echoed the views of Fofi Gennimat, leader of the center-left Movement for Change, who said it would be “wrong to hack into the European front” by purchasing funds that did not receive EMA approval. This decision was criticized by the predecessor of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the leader of the opposition Coalition of the radical left forces Alexis Tsipras.
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