Austria won’t use Sputnik until it receives EMA approval

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In Austria, “Sputnik V” will only be vaccinated after EMA approval; emergency approval, as in Hungary, is ruled out, according to the government. However, the government agrees on a purchase.

The government agrees to purchase one million doses of the Russian vaccine Sputnik. This was announced by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) on Monday. However, the vaccine is unlikely to be used until it is approved by the European Medicines Agency. Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein (Greens) hinted at this on Monday after his inauguration. The Chancellor’s Office also stressed that the use is planned with EMA approval.

Mückstein: Sputnik “good,” but EMA approval “important”
Mückstein called Sputnik “good.” However, he said EMA approval as a prerequisite is “important.” In any case, he said, the faster Biontech/Pfizer delivery would allow everyone to be vaccinated by summer.

The Chancellor’s Office pointed out that the Russian vaccine has already been approved in more than 50 countries. It is therefore hoped that the EMA will approve the vaccine quickly. After all, every additional vaccine helps to save lives, secure jobs and return to normality more quickly.

Hungary chose emergency approval for Sputnik
As an alternative to EMA approval, a national emergency approval has also been considered in recent weeks. Hungary, for example, has chosen such an approach.

  • sources: APA and vienna.at/picture: ndr.de
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