Austria is in talks with Russia to purchase 1 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine, in accordance with a press release on Tuesday from Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s workplace.
Kurz first telephoned Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 26 to debate attainable deliveries of the Russian vaccine, after which later that day contacted the Russian Direct Funding Fund (RDIF), which is accountable for the worldwide distribution of Sputnik V. Talks have continued since then.
“There have to be no geopolitical blinkers in terms of vaccines,” Kurz stated. “The one factor that issues is whether or not the vaccine is efficient and protected, not the place it comes from.”
The international locations are negotiating the availability of 300,000 doses in April, 500,000 in Might and 200,000 in June, the assertion stated. Vienna has signed a confidentiality settlement with Russia on the alternate of paperwork, and a purchase order choice has not but been made.
It is the newest transfer by Austria to spice up vaccine provides within the nation. It has simply threatened to dam the European Fee from securing one other 100 million BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine doses until Vienna will get a much bigger slice of the supply, in accordance with diplomats from three EU international locations.
If Austria goes forward with Sputnik, it would be a part of Hungary in utilizing the jab in Europe regardless of not having been authorized within the EU. This might pose issues with so-called “vaccine certificates” permitting journey, which the Fee is engaged on now. The EU could stipulate that solely EU-approved vaccines are acceptable, as international locations like Lithuania have referred to as for, thereby limiting motion for Europeans who’ve gotten Russian or Chinese language jabs.
The European Medicines Company started a rolling overview of first knowledge submitted for Sputnik at first of the month and is making ready to examine manufacturing websites in Russia.
Sputnik has divided the EU, with international locations within the Baltics and ex-Soviet areas strongly opposed whereas others, together with Germany, have been extra favorable so long as the EMA indicators it off. Germany and Italy assist a complicated buy settlement of Sputnik for the bloc.
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