If the Russian vaccine against coronavirus “Sputnik V” in the near future receives admission to the EU, then Germany will need to purchase it. This was announced on Monday, April 26, by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“Germany deals with the issue of purchasing vaccines on its own. For us, the decisive question whether we will use Sputnik V is when the European Medicines Agency will be registered. While there are not all the documents, the Paul Ehrlich Institute acts as a speaker, so we are well informed, but there are not enough documents for registration, ”Merkel told reporters following a meeting with the heads of regions on the issue of vaccination.
According to the Chancellor, if the registration is completed soon, “then, of course, it makes sense to buy Sputnik. However, “if this happens in a few months, then we will generally have enough vaccine,” added the head of Germany.
“The main obstacle to the immediate registration of Sputnik V in Germany is the lack of documents and information on the vaccine,” Merkel concluded.
The Russian Sputnik V vaccine is one of the three world vaccines against coronavirus in terms of the number of approvals received by government regulators. The drug was developed by the specialists of the Gamaleya Center. It was registered in August 2020. It became the first vaccine against this virus in Russia and in the world.
On April 16, the head of the German Ministry of Health Jens Spahn said that the pace of the vaccination campaign against coronavirus infection in Germany is growing. According to the head of the department, in the summer, the country plans to abandon the allocation of priority groups and may switch to mass immunization of the population.