The German news agency DPA reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about the Russian Sputnik V vaccine yesterday.
The three leaders made speeches via video links. Sputnik V has not yet been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
Angela Merkel spokesperson Steffen Seibert said: “This assessment is based on the same specifications that apply to all other vaccines.”
The Kremlin believes that the three of them discussed the possible delivery and joint production of the vaccine in EU countries.
The Russian pharmaceutical company R-Pharm plans to produce vaccines in Illertissen, Bavaria, from June or July. EMA is currently considering an application for approval of Sputnik V in the European Union.
Experts from the agency are expected to visit Russia in April to check the production and storage of vaccines. After that, the company can apply for market approval in the block. The European Commission currently has no contract for the supply of artificial satellites. Hungary, a member of the European Union, skipped this step and urgently approved the Russian vaccine.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday that Vienna is in talks with Moscow to purchase the dose.