Russia reclaimed the vaccine because Slovakia violated the contract

Russia reclaimed the vaccine because Slovakia violated the contract


Slovakia is believed to be one of the few European countries that has announced the purchase of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine without waiting for the approval of the European Pharmaceutical Authority (EU).

Russia renewed vaccine against Slovakia violated the contract
Mr. Igor Matovic as Prime Minister of Slovakia spoke when he arrived at the airport to receive the first batch of Russian vaccine Sputnik V for the country through a secret agreement.

The deal has attracted special attention in Europe because Prime Minister Igor Matovic himself negotiated to order a vaccine without waiting through the Government alliance. This move put Mr. Matovic’s political career at risk while at the same time shaking his government coalition.

On March 30, Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic officially resigned to ease the political crisis. It was the first European government to fall under the ways of dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the Prime Minister’s resignation will keep the current coalition in power and avoid the possibility of early elections.

President Zuzana Caputova accepted Prime Minister Igor Matovic’s resignation and proposed Finance Minister Eduard Heger to set up a new government; The four parties in the ruling coalition agreed to support and join the new cabinet with Mr. Heger.

But how will the vaccine shipments that Mr. Matovic bought from Russia be handled when the new administration opposes the Russian vaccine because they have not been approved by the EMA?

Russia renewed vaccine against Slovakia violated the contract
Slovakia struggled to handle the Russian vaccine batches, accused of providing the wrong sample.

In early April, Slovakia accused Russian manufacturers of supplying different doses of the vaccine than those that had previously been used for quality research.

In addition, the Slovak agency also said that the Russian side did not provide about 80% of the data related to the Sputnik vaccine, making the inspection process difficult.

The alleged delivery of vaccines different from the sample put into the test has been used by some European countries against the Anglo-Swedish pharmacy AstraZeneca vaccine in collaboration with the University of Oxford conducted.

French media has published a document from European drug and drug control committees, which shows they doubted the quality of the delivered AstraZeneca vaccine compared to the dose of the drug being used. in the test. Then there was a statement from AstraZeneca that they had to slow down the production of the vaccine in order to modify the formulations. This has caused European-based AstraZeneca vaccine makers to also fail to produce enough deliveries ordered with the EMA.

For its part, when receiving the allegations from Slovakia, the Russian side denied the allegations and asked Slovakia to return the vaccines received earlier last month for breaching the contract.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which sells Russian vaccines abroad on April 8, said it sent a letter to Slovakia asking to return 200,000 doses of vaccine that Russia provided last month. The agency also required Slovakia to test the submitted samples at an independent laboratory.

Vaccine maker Sputnik V also denied the allegations and said that Slovakia had falsified the information. All batches of vaccines are of equal quality and are strictly controlled. In addition, the Russian representative also said that Slovakia violated the existing contract because it tested Sputnik V in a laboratory that is not part of the official EU control network.

Currently, Slovakia and Hungary are the first two EU members to own vaccines developed by Russia, but only Hungary has vaccinated. Germany is the most recent country that plans to hold bilateral discussions with Russia on vaccine purchases amid criticism for its slow vaccination rate relative to the region and the world.

Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn announced on April 8 that the country would negotiate to buy Sputnik V vaccine as soon as Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine is licensed in the European Union.

According to Minister Jens Spahn, the discussions will take place on a bilateral basis; because the European Commission has previously announced that it will not negotiate on behalf of the block of 27 member countries to buy Sputnik V vaccine as with other Covid-19 vaccines.

Whether or not the Sputnik V vaccine is used has been one of the controversial topics in Europe. Some countries protested over concerns that Russia could use the vaccine for political and diplomatic purposes, while others argued that the Russian vaccine is necessary to save a lagging vaccination campaign. of blocks.

According to German Health Minister Jens Spahn, the Sputnik V vaccine is expected to be delivered in the next two to four or five months, in order to make a difference in the number of people vaccinated from today.

Huy Vu

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