Politicians discussed possible deliveries of Russian vaccine and joint production in EU countries

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has discussed possible cooperation on vaccines with French President Emmanuel Macron and Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin. The exchange via video link also dealt with the Russian Corona vaccine Sputnik V, whose EU approval is to be decided by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Tuesday evening.

“This evaluation is done according to the same standards that are applied to all other vaccines,” it said. According to Kremlin sources, among the issues discussed were prospects of “possible supplies and joint production of this preparation in EU countries.”

The EMA is currently considering an application for approval of Sputnik V in the EU. EMA experts are expected to visit Russia in April to assess the production and storage of the vaccine. The Russian pharmaceutical company R-Pharm plans to produce the vaccine in Illertissen, Bavaria, starting in June or July.

Sputnik V for Austria?
Austria is also currently negotiating with Russia on the delivery of one million doses of the Corona vaccine Sputnik V. Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) stated on Tuesday that they are “currently examining all possibilities” in order to provide further access to even more tested vaccines for the general population as quickly as possible.

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