The French secretary of state responsible for European policy said on Thursday that Russia’s satellite V vaccine will not be approved in the European Union before the end of June, and some countries hope to obtain approval as soon as possible to speed up vaccination.
Clement Bohn told the Senate European Affairs Committee: “There is a first stage examination (in the approval process), called the science examination, and we will definitely continue until mid-June.”
He added: “Then it enters the final stage. This is the opinion of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on the marketing authorization, which will take several weeks. Therefore, it is very likely that the vaccine will not be approved before the end of June.”
He said: “Then the EU will have to get more vaccine doses from other laboratories, so the demand will be less urgent.”
In addition, Clement Beaune warned that Russia’s vaccine production capacity was limited, and after some French and European leaders accused Moscow of using artificial satellites as a propaganda weapon on the international stage.
He said: “Our Russian friends are using geopolitical actions and communication methods to show their status in the European Union.”
He said: “Let us not be naive. They have adopted a split strategy in the EU. Fortunately, this split strategy has not been successful except for a few stabbings so far.”
Among the 27 member states of the European Union, so far only Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have decided to purchase Russian vaccines without waiting for EMA’s approval.
This decision prompted Prime Minister Igor Matovic to resign on Tuesday, and the Prime Minister of Slovakia also criticized this.
If approved by the European Medicines Agency (European Medicines Agency), other countries (such as Germany) are willing to use Sputnik V to fight the pandemic.
Clement Beaune pointed out: “We do not rule out any solutions, there is no possibility, but we should not be confused by the vaccines in Russia and China.”