Germany To Contact Russia About Sputnik Jabs: Minister
Muhammad Irfan 9 days ago Thu 08th April 2021 | 02:47 PM
The German government plans to talk to Moscow about buying doses of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine if it is approved by European regulators, Health Minister Jens Spahn said Thursday
Berlin (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Apr, 2021 ) :The German government plans to talk to Moscow about buying doses of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine if it is approved by European regulators, Health Minister Jens Spahn said Thursday.
"The EU Commission said yesterday that it will not sign contracts (for Sputnik) like for other manufacturers -- such as BioNTech, for example -- so I said for Germany in the meeting of EU health ministers that we will hold bilateral talks with Russia," Spahn said.
The announcement comes one day after German state Bavaria said it had signed a letter of intent to buy up to 2.5 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine if it is approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Only 13 percent of the population has received its first of two doses, as the country reported more than 20,000 new infections Thursday and over 300 deaths in the previous 24 hours.
The EMA has launched a rolling review of Sputnik V, which could become the first non-Western coronavirus vaccine used across the 27-nation bloc.
Russia registered Sputnik V in August ahead of large-scale clinical trials, prompting concern among experts over the fast-track process.
But later reviews have been largely positive, with the medical journal The Lancet publishing results showing it was safe and more than 90 percent effective.