For more information on the TIME framework for the approval of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine in the EU at the end of April, there is always the option of import interventions in Croatia, the EU vaccination strategy meeting participants said Wednesday before the approval of the European authorities.
The Russian Covida-19 Sputnik V vaccine is one of three vaccines currently being tested by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Novavax in the United States and CureVac in Germany. Noel Wathion, the agency’s deputy executive director, said at a meeting hosted by Representation Representative of the European Commission in Croatia.
Regarding Sputnik V, he pointed out that it is necessary to investigate Russian factories because they do not have European production certificates.
Vasion said: “We are cooperating with the European Commission in Moscow and the inspectors of member states to conduct inspections in the next few weeks.” He added that the final timetable for the approval of the Russian vaccine will be in late April or early May. Announced.
Krunoslav Capak, director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, said at the meeting that before EMA’s approval, the import of intervention drugs is “always possible, if the government estimates that it will speed up the dose for further negotiations with the EU before it starts. There are more benefits, “and increase the supply of contract producers.” As part of the EU’s joint procurement, Croatia ordered the most vaccines from the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca, which was late for delivery.
Kapac said that he believes that the slowness of the European vaccine approval process (more complicated than the United States or the United Kingdom) is “the price of vaccine safety and quality.”
He emphasized that he is in favor of conducting an EMA evaluation before Croatia’s use of Russian vaccines, but “intervention in imports is always an option.”
So far, only Hungary and Slovakia have ordered Sputnik V in the European Union, and only Hungary uses it. Russia’s vaccine issue in Slovakia caused controversy and triggered a political crisis, leading to the resignation of Prime Minister Igor Matovic (Igor Matovic).
According to Reuters, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Wednesday that Austria may order one million doses of Sputnik V next week.
Kapac said at a meeting on Wednesday that Croatia expects to have 200,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine in April, and he hopes to redistribute that dose in Europe.
The director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health believes that 50% of the population can be vaccinated before June 1, and added that approximately 70% of the population in Croatia would like to be vaccinated.