Czech Republic Turns To Russian Jabs After EU Delays
Faizan Hashmi 2 months ago Sun 28th February 2021 | 09:20 PM
Prague, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th Feb, 2021 ) :The hard-hit Czech Republic has requested a batch of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine while awaiting delayed EU-procured shots, the president said Sunday, adding that Prague will also consider seeking Chinese jabs.
The vaccination rollout has been slower than expected with only 650,000 jabs administered since December in the country of 10.7 million people, which Czech politicians blame on slow procurement by the EU.
He said he would also welcome China's Sinopharm vaccine in the country that has recorded over 1.2 million confirmed Covid-19 cases and more than 20,000 deaths, arguing that "vaccines have no ideology".
Czechs have shown mistrust towards the vaccines on social networks, driven by their experience with low-quality Soviet-made goods shipped to their country during four decades of Communism in 1948-89.
But Zeman and Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said they would not wait for the EMA to give the green light.
"Believe me when I say that EU member states will also be asking for Sputnik in a few months," added the billionaire populist, who -- like Zeman -- has already received both jabs of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.