The new Prime Minister of Slovakia, Eduard Heger, tried to ease the dispute with Russia over the coronavirus vaccine, saying that Slovakia should provide a certain dose of Sputnik V for Moscow’s vaccination program.
Slovakia ordered 2 million doses of Sputnik V from Russia, of which 200,000 doses arrived on March 1. The prime minister at the time, Igor Matovic, was forced to leave the post of prime minister because he did not inform his alliance partners of an agreement that opposed the use of vaccines that were not registered for use in the EU.
After Slovakian regulators expressed doubts about the vaccine, the dispute caused controversy, prompting Russia to call Slovakia yesterday to return the first batch of 200,000 doses of vaccine that arrived on March 1.
“The mass vaccination of citizens is very important to Prime Minister Edward Haig. This is a condition for collective immunization. He also believes that it is necessary to vaccinate citizens with Sputnik V. Therefore, the state is obliged to provide it in the vaccination. This vaccine. The quantity and quality required,” Haig’s office said.
Last week, Haig took over as prime minister and carried out a government reorganization aimed at resolving the crisis, while Matovic took over as the Ministry of Finance. Until the situation has improved in recent weeks, this country with a population of 5.5 million is the country with the most severe pandemic, but has not yet begun to vaccinate Sputnik V.
The Slovak Medicines Agency SUKL stated that it has not received enough data to draw conclusions about the vaccine. Russia accused Slovakia of violating the agreement and demanded that the vaccine be returned. The government stated that Heger has authorized Matovic to evaluate the vaccine’s method together with the Hungarian government (the country is the first in the European Union to use Sputnik V). Matovic visited Budapest today.