PRAGUE, 18 Feb – RIA Novosti. The Slovak government has not agreed on the purchase of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, said the head of the Ministry of Health Marek Krajci.
Earlier, Prime Minister Igor Matovich announced on February 18 a discussion in the government of the start of negotiations with Russia on the supply of the Sputnik V vaccine prior to its registration by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). According to him, leading Slovak experts spoke for this. On Wednesday, an association of employers' unions called for the purchase.
“The government today did not make a decision on the purchase of the Sputnik V vaccine, it was vetoed by the For People party,” Krajci said.
Veronika Remishova, leader of the For People party, a member of the ruling coalition, said that “any vaccine must be registered with the EMA.” “This is an established standard and it is in the interest of human health,” she said.
Sputnik V has been approved for use in Russia, Belarus, Argentina, Bolivia, Serbia, Algeria, Palestine, Venezuela, Paraguay, Turkmenistan, Hungary, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Republic of Guinea, Tunisia, Armenia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Republika Srpska (entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina), Lebanon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Mongolia, Bahrain, Montenegro, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.