PRAGUE, 28 Feb – RIA Novosti. Czech President Milos Zeman appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin with a request to supply the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, having coordinated this appeal with Prime Minister Andrei Babis.
“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 the Prague television channel CNN Prima News, short a preliminary excerpt from which was shown on Saturday. The full interview with Zeman will air on Sunday.
In mid-February, Zeman spoke in favor of the “Hungarian way” of vaccination, meaning that Hungary, like Serbia, began to buy Sputnik V, without waiting for its certification in the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and limited themselves to obtaining national certification. Bartosz told about this.
At the same time, Zeman, along with other top leaders of the Czech Republic at their meeting on Tuesday, spoke in favor of using only those vaccines 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.
Premier Babis visited Hungary and Serbia several weeks ago to study the experience of purchasing and using the Russian vaccine.
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 1 million population – 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 4 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, in firms and factories, weekly testing of all employees is introduced, at the first stage – on a voluntary basis.
Sputnik V “was registered by the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation in August 2020, it was developed by the Gamaleya Research Center for Electrochemistry. This vaccine became the first in the world to prevent COVID-19.” Sputnik V “was created on the studied and tested platform of human adenovirus vectors. The scientific journal Lancet published the results of the third phase of clinical trials “Sputnik V”, confirming its high efficacy and safety. During the phase III clinical trials, “Sputnik V” demonstrated high efficiency, immunogenicity and safety – the effectiveness of the vaccine was 91.6%. The vaccine provides full protection against severe cases of the disease a new coronavirus infection.