After Hungary, the Czech Republic is the second EU country to declare no need for approval from the European Pharmaceutical Authority (EMA) to accept Russian vaccine purchases.
|Europe has not yet licensed the circulation of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, making some countries go their separate ways.|
The Czech Republic is believed to have had a strong criticism of Europe’s sluggish vaccine delivery program. Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis recently consulted the country’s president to send a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, wishing to soon approve the purchase of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine to quickly vaccinate people. people. The letter also signaled that the country will not wait for the EMA to green the newly ordered vaccine, but wants the vaccine orders as soon as possible.
Talking about the decision to not require EMA approval to ensure the quality of Russian vaccines, the Czech Prime Minister said: “The problem is not geopolitics, but our human health and our efforts. to protect your country as much as possible. “
Even more remarkable is that Prime Minister Babis’ statement issued on the last day of February contradicted his assertion earlier this month that the Czech Republic will soon order vaccines from Russia and China once. they passed the test of the EMA.
Finally, the Czech Republic changed its position on the Russian vaccine for the same reason as its other European ally, Hungary.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in an interview with Germany’s Focus newspaper, said: “Pandemic must be fought by as many vaccines for the people as possible. There are no vaccines in the East and in the West today. There are only good ones. and not as effective. Hungary’s health authorities do their own investigations and ensure the effectiveness of vaccines before we order them. “
Clearly, European officials are aware that fighting this global pandemic requires joining hands around the world to share precious doses of medicine, but beyond acknowledging the immunization program is Slowly and blamed vaccine makers, the EU is not soon pushing to add vaccines from other countries to its programs.
After the leading medical journal in the world, The Lancet, published the results of the clinical trial of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V, many European officials, including German Chancellor Angela Merekel, praised Russia’s achievements, but they still Not soon accept the pen to buy more of this vaccine.
Is Europe afraid of the effectiveness of the Sputnik V vaccine or the soft power of Russia?
The question is why Europe, despite admitting delays and lack of vaccines, is determined not to add Russian vaccines? Are they still concerned about their quality and effectiveness?
If it comes to this, it should be remembered that Germany only injected 15% of the total dose of AstraZeneca vaccine received. There are more than 1 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine that have not been vaccinated, as Germans appear to be sensitive to the vaccines that are judged not to be really highly resistant to COVID-19.
|The Germans have a surplus of the AstraZeneca vaccine, while many other European countries are waiting every day for any vaccines to be licensed by the EMA.|
Wait to mention the real effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19, while the Germans are indifferent to these doses, the Western Balkans, which are key allies and future members. EU is still counting on EU support in the vaccination program, has not received any dose of vaccine.
Kosovo, Montenegr and Bosnia – Herzegovina are still waiting to receive the first batch of vaccines, while Albania and North Macedonia have so far vaccinated several hundred people.
The Western Balkans have joined the UN COVAX program, but vaccine delivery is given priority to countries that cannot afford it, and they are not part of the program, and are abandoned in the vaccine supply plan. emergency of the EU.
Such inequality has led to shortcomings of the European vaccination program, forcing countries in the alliance such as the Czech Republic and Hungary to “self-mobilize”.
Along with the Czech Republic and Hungary, the Serbian Government soon prepared its own vaccination program through Russia and China. Serbia said that China has provided the country with 1.5 million doses of Sinopharm’s vaccine so far, helping the country with 7 million people rise to the top of the global COVID vaccination race.
Thanks to the rapid signing of vaccine contracts with China and Russia, Serbia is now quite free to launch its mass immunization campaign. Last week, they also announced the donation of 4,000 doses of Russian Sputnik vaccine to Montenegro. Although the gift is small, it shows the goodwill and friendship between the two countries in the same region.
With demand growing and vaccine selection becoming more diverse, many European members are also considering producing Russian vaccines in their countries to be more proactive in vaccination. Obviously, besides selling vaccines at the earliest good prices and supporting other countries to self-produce vaccines, Russia is not a bad partner.
Certainly, the fact that Russia is quickly ahead of the world in providing vaccines and helping countries to produce vaccines themselves brings “soft power” to Russia. But like how the Czech Republic and Hungary explain it, the pandemic is global and human lives are more important than anything else.
With an open market like Europe, it is hard to believe that it is easy for them to let the Russian vaccine “storm” while also producing its own vaccine.