PRAGUE, 28 Feb – RIA Novosti. Czech President Milos Zeman asked Vladimir Putin to supply Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus.
Zeman had previously agreed on this appeal with Prime Minister Andrei Babish.
“If I am correctly informed, this request will be granted, but, of course, certification will be necessary. Certification of the (Czech) State Institute for Drug Control (GIKL) would be enough for me,” Zeman said in an interview with Prague's CNN Prima News.
According to the leader of the Czech pirate party Ivan Bartosz, in mid-February Zeman spoke in favor of the “Hungarian way” of vaccination: Hungary, like Serbia, began to buy Sputnik V, without waiting for the certification of the drug in the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and limited themselves to the national registration.
At the same time, the president, along with other top leaders of the Czech Republic at a meeting on Tuesday, spoke in favor of using only those drugs that have passed the registration process in the EMA for vaccination of the population. This is stated in a document published following the meeting on the website of Prague Castle.
Also, Prime Minister Babis visited Hungary and Serbia a few weeks ago to study the experience of purchasing and using the Russian vaccine.
The situation with COVID-19 in the Czech Republic
According to the results of the last seven days, the Czech Republic ranks first in the world in terms of the number of new patients with coronavirus per one million people – 884. The total number of infected, according to the Ministry of Health, on Saturday morning is 143,379, of which 7,266 were hospitalized. During the epidemic, 20,194 people died, including about four thousand – during February.
Due to the further deterioration of the epidemiological situation in the republic, the widespread spread of the “British” mutation of the coronavirus and the appearance of the first patients with the “South African” mutation, the government on Friday not only announced the extension of the emergency regime until March 28, but also decided to tighten a number of measures.
In particular, from March 1, citizens are prohibited from leaving their area of residence for three weeks without valid reasons and documents confirming them. Only shops with groceries and household goods, as well as pharmacies, remain open. There is a curfew from 21.00 to 5.00. Wearing respirators is compulsory in public places.
At the same time, the government decided not to close industrial enterprises, considering it too much damage for the already seriously weakened economy of the country. From March 1, firms and factories are introducing weekly testing of all workers, at the first stage – on a voluntary basis.
The Ministry of Health registered the vaccine produced by the NICEM named after Gamaleya in August 2020. The drug was developed by the NITsEM named after Gamaleya. This drug became the first in the world to prevent COVID-19. The Russian vaccine was created on the studied and tested platform of human adenoviral vectors.
The scientific journal Lancet has published the results of the third phase of clinical trials of Sputnik V, confirming its high efficacy and safety. At this stage of clinical trials, Sputnik V demonstrated high efficiency (91.6 percent), immunogenicity and safety indicators. The vaccine provides complete protection against severe cases of COVID-19.