Slovakia has become the second EU country to start vaccinating citizens with the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, although the vaccine has not yet been approved by the European Medicines Agency.
A man from the city of Zilinia was the first person to be vaccinated.
“I have been waiting for satellites for a long time,” a man dressed as a Christian pilgrim said in a comment on TA3 TV, adding, “Russia has a long tradition in developing vaccines.”
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has not approved an artificial satellite vaccine, but Slovakia has begun to vaccinate its citizens, despite the controversy.
Hungary has also begun to use Sputnik 5.
Slovakia received 200,000 doses of Sputnik V in March following a secret order from former prime minister Igor Matovic, which caused controversy and eventually led to his resignation.
Initially, only people between the ages of 18 and 60 could make appointments to receive voluntary vaccines.
According to local media reports, the number of applications for the Sputnik V vaccine is far lower than originally expected.
Former Prime Minister Matovic, who is currently the Minister of Finance, accused him of what he called a “contempt movement.”
Slovakia mainly provides the covida-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.
In a country of nearly 5.5 million people, 12,000 of them died from the effects of the coronavirus.