Government negotiates one million doses of “Sputnik V”

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is currently conducting a rolling review of the approval of the Russian CoV vaccine “Sputnik V”. There is no result yet.

Nevertheless, the government is currently negotiating with Russia on a delivery of one million doses of the vaccine to Austria. Delivery could start as early as April.

Kurz and Anschober: vaccine must be safe
“There must be no geopolitical blinkers when it comes to the vaccine. The only thing that should count is whether the vaccine is effective and safe, not where it comes from,” said Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP). Austria has therefore been in exchange with Russia since February.

Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) said that “all possibilities” were currently being examined to “provide further access to even more tested vaccines for the general population as quickly as possible. “What is clear is that any vaccine used in Austria must be effective and safe,” Anschober said.

Vaccine used in 57 countries
According to the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which is responsible for the international distribution of “Sputnik V,” the vaccine is already being used in 57 countries.

The subject of negotiations is the purchase of one million doses of “Sputnik V” to vaccinate 500,000 people starting in April. The first 300,000 doses could be delivered as early as April, another 500,000 doses in May, and the rest could come in June.

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