Germany calls on the European Commission to purchase the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine at the European level. This was reported on March 24 by the Politico newspaper with reference to a representative of the German administration.
“We asked the European Commission to launch the Sputnik V procurement procedure. Now we see that the EC is in the process of launching this procedure,” a German official told reporters at a briefing in Berlin.
As the newspaper reported, her interlocutor expressed hope that the preparation process for the purchase of the vaccine can begin now, while the European Medicines Agency is considering an application for permission to use the Russian vaccine in the EU.
“We would consider it correct if the negotiations began immediately,” he added.
The representative of the German authorities also noted that the EC has not yet begun negotiations with Moscow on a possible purchase of the Sputnik V vaccine, but admitted that the discussion of the procurement procedure by European politicians could take place “in the near future.”
The publication notes that her interlocutor could have in mind the summit of the heads of state and government of the European Union, which will be held by videoconference on March 25-26.
Earlier, Germany has repeatedly expressed its readiness in principle to use drugs developed outside the EU, in particular the Sputnik V vaccine. The heads of a number of federal states of the Federal Republic of Germany, including Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg – Vorpommern, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, and Thuringia, urged to cast aside the political and ideological background in the use of the Russian drug.