Söder and Ramelow stand up for Sputnik V.
Demands are being made from the countries, including in the fight against the corona pandemic Russian vaccine Sputnik V to put. Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) demanded in an interview with the “Passauer Neue Presse” and the “Donaukurier” that it must “A decision on the approval of Sputnik V will be made as soon as possible”.“And we should have learned from the bad experiences with the first order,” warned Söder. “Therefore, this time the EU should quickly conclude all the necessary contracts to get as much vaccine as possible.” The corona pandemic will ultimately only be defeated by vaccination, said Söder.
Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (Left) complained in the “Welt” about reservations in West Germany against the Russian corona vaccine. “I am not fighting for Sputnik V just because he comes from Russia, but I am of the opinion that we should all buy vaccines that we can buy,” said Ramelow. “It has nothing to do with party politics or an alleged proximity to Moscow.” He registered “West German ideological sensitivities on this question, which I find silly”.
Like all other vaccines, Sputnik V must also be tested, said Ramelow. “But the framework agreement could have been concluded long ago. That should now happen soon.” Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had assured him that the talks had started. According to Ramelow, Sputnik V could be tested and produced by the Russian company R-Pharm in Illertissen near Augsburg in Bavaria.
So far, the corona vaccines from Biontech / Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca and Johnson & Johnson have received EU-wide approval. For Sputnik V, the EU Medicines Agency (EMA) has started a so-called rolling procedure for approval. After France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian accused Russia on Friday of abusing Sputnik V as a “means of propaganda”, the German government again signaled its willingness in principle to use the Russian vaccine once it has been approved by the EMA. (AFP)
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