The statement by the Russian government that Russia could supply about 50 million doses of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine to the European Union has caused a split in the European Parliament, writes the French edition of Le Monde.
“The opinions of the representatives of the European Union on the supply of the Russian vaccine continue to diverge to such an extent that it causes some friction,” the article reads.
The controversy is the need for the approval of the vaccine by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which in early March announced the start of tests of “Sputnik V”.
Some countries insist on starting purchases of the Russian vaccine without waiting for the decision of the EMA, as Hungary and Slovakia have already done. This course of action is allowed in exceptional cases.
Earlier, Federal Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz said that his country would purchase 1 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.