With the approval of the European Medicines Agency, the discussion will begin in Russia.
Will the Germans be injected with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine soon? In any case, their leaders are working hard for this. “We will discuss with Russia to see how much it can deliver to us when,” German Health Minister Jens Spahn said on WDR radio on Thursday, April 8.
A few hours later, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which provided funding for the development of Sputnik V, announced the start of a partnership with Berlin. “Pre-purchase contract”.
These announcements are not surprising. Germany has shown strong interest in Russian vaccines for several weeks. “In addition to important political differences, there is also the possibility of cooperation [avec la Russie] On the humanitarian level in the context of the pandemic”, Angela Merkel said on January 21. Since then, the German Chancellor has taken another step. If approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), “I hope to implement a group system within Europe, but if this is not the case, we will take a “German route”. This is possible. The action we will take”, She warned on March 19.
Three weeks later, Mr. Spahn’s speech was only to Mr.I Merkel. After the European Commission refused to negotiate the purchase of Sputnik V on behalf of 27 countries, contrary to the practices adopted by Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccine, Germany is now free to negotiate with Moscow. However, it does not intend to use SputnikV until AEM approves it. “Russia must provide data like any other country [fabricants de vaccins] And, as long as this is not the case, there will be no authorization”, The German Health Minister said on Thursday.
Six months before the September 26 legislative elections, the political significance of these statements was obvious. Across the Rhine, several politicians have indeed made statements in support of Russian vaccines in recent weeks, especially in the eastern province of Rand. “Our Sputnik V is okay. When I was a kid, I myself received the polio vaccine vaccinated by Russia. I can get the Sputnik V vaccine at any time,” Announced at the beginning of March, Minister of the President of Saxony-Anhalt Reiner Haseloff (Reiner Haseloff), a member of the CDU of MacedoniaI Merkel and M. Spahn.