US Slovakia: The regulator issues doubts about the composition of a batch of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V

00:25  09 april  2021
00:25  09 april  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

Slovakia signs deal to acquire 2 million doses of Sputnik V

  Slovakia signs deal to acquire 2 million doses of Sputnik V PRAGUE (AP) — Slovakia signed a deal to acquire 2 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, Prime Minister Igor Matovic said Monday. Matovic said his country will get 1 million shots in the next two months while another million will arrive in May and June. Slovakia is the second European Union country to use the vaccine, which hasn't been approved by the European Medicines Agency, after Hungary. It hasn't been registered byMatovic said his country will get 1 million shots in the next two months while another million will arrive in May and June.

Slovakia 's drug regulator has said that the Russian Sputnik V doses it received differ from the same vaccine reviewed by the EU's drug overseer and the U.K.-based medical journal The Lancet. The State Institute for Drug Control (SUKL) did not explain how the mix-up might have occurred. Slovakia 's prime minister, Igor Matovic, was forced to resign last week under a cloud of questions about his administration's order for 2 million doses of Sputnik V . In the neighboring Czech Republic, Prime Minister Andrej Babis on April 7 announced the dismissal of a health minister who was reportedly

“ Sputnik is not going back to Russia ,” Matovic wrote in a post on Facebook, in capital letters. The PM recalled how he was branded “Putin’s sidekick” who deserve a place in the “hall of shame” after the first batch of Sputnik V arrived in the country earlier this week, while the vaccine itself received such labels as a “geopolitical weapon of Slovakia became the second European Union country after Hungary to register Sputnik V amid shortages of the Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca jabs approved by Brussels. The Russian vaccine , which boasts an efficacy of 91 percent, is still waiting to be greenlighted by the

Alors que la Slovaquie se bat contre l'un des taux de mortalité dû au Covid le plus élevé au monde, le régulateur chargé du contrôle des médicaments a exprimé des doutes sur la composition d'un lot de vaccin russe Spoutnik V. © Reuters - Sergey Pivovarov While Slovakia fights against one of the highest COVID mortality rates in the world , the controller in charge of the control of the drugs expressed doubts about the composition of a batch of Russian vaccine sputnik V.

while Slovakia fights against one of the highest covid mortality rates in the world, the world. Regulator in charge of drug control expressed this Thursday, April 8 of doubts about the composition of a prize of Russian vaccine sputnik V, delivered in March and that he was unable to determine his safety. These statements immediately reacted Moscow which accuses the Institute for tested the vaccine in a non-EU laboratory.

Slovakia's political crisis, triggered by Sputnik V, deepens

  Slovakia's political crisis, triggered by Sputnik V, deepens PRAGUE (AP) — The political crisis in Slovakia deepened on Wednesday after a member of the ruling coalition demanded a reconstruction of the Cabinet. The crisis was triggered by a secret deal to acquire Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine orchestrated by the country’s prime minister despite disagreement among his coalition partners. Richard Sulik, head of the Freedom and Solidarity party, said the situation in the coalition is so serious that “we can hardly continue this way.” “It’s evident we haven’t succeeded in the fight against the pandemic,” Sulik said. His party said unspecified changes in the government are needed for the coalition to continue.

The Russian side called claims the Sputnik V vaccines in Slovakia were different as “fake news.” "All Sputnik V batches are of the same quality and undergo rigorous quality control at the Gamaleya Institute," it said. The Russians said Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive of the Russian Direct Investment Fund that bankrolled the vaccine and markets it abroad, had "a productive meeting" with Matovic. But the fund demanded the Slovaks send the Sputnik V to an EU certified lab for testing and asked them to return the vaccines they have received so they "can be used in other countries."

MOSCOW ( Sputnik ) - Slovakia followed Hungary's suit and registered Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V without waiting for the EU regulator 's approval, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said in a statement.

laboratory tests on a sample of the 200,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine received in March by Slovakia show that it has neither the same characteristics nor properties as demonstrated in preclinical tests and clinical studies published in the medical review Reference The Lancet. Conclusion of the Slovak Institute: It is impossible to guarantee "the efficiency and safety of the lot for humans".

Moscow immediately reacted to these accusations indicating that the quality was the same for all the lots of Sputnik V which were rigorously controlled by the Gamaleïa Institute. Russia criticizes Bratislava an "sabotage act" and tested the vaccine in a laboratory that was not part of a European network of aggregated laboratories. The Russian producer also requested the return of samples that can be used in other countries.

Russia wants Slovakia to return its Sputnik V vaccines

  Russia wants Slovakia to return its Sputnik V vaccines PRAGUE (AP) — Russia asked Slovakia on Thursday to return its Sputnik V vaccines it has received “due to multiple contract violations.” The official Twitter account of the Sputnik V vaccine said Slovakia’s drug regulator “in violation of existing contract and in an act of sabotage” tested Sputnik V “in a laboratory which is not part of the EU’s Official Medicines Control Laboratory network.” It tweeted Slovakia’s State Institute for Drug Control “has launched a disinformation campaign against Sputnik V and plans additional provocations.

The vaccine supplies for the global market will be produced by RDIF’s international partners in India, Brazil, China, South Korea and other countries. This website has been created to provide accurate and up-to-date information about Sputnik V . The vaccine is named after the first Soviet space satellite. After the start of the COVID-19 pandemic Russian researchers extracted a fragment of genetic material from novel coronavirus SARS-COV-2, which codes information about the structure of the spike S-protein, which forms the virus’ “crown” and is responsible for connection with human cells.

Russia 's Sputnik V vaccine against Covid is in worldwide demand, but many Russians remain unsure. Hungary was first to approve the Russian vaccine for emergency use and Slovakia has just received 200,000 doses, shrugging off talk of Sputnik as a "tool" of Russian influence. Covid-19 doesn't care about geopolitics, Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic argued. "You can say it's Russian weaponisation, or the vaccine is just a victim of the political background, but definitely politics is more explicitly represented in the case of the Russian vaccine than any other produced in the world today

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Sputnik V used in about 40 countries

at this point, about 40 countries use the Russian vaccine, and perhaps. Being also Germany who announced wanting to chat with Moscow possible vaccine deliveries, without waiting for the green light of the European Union.

The producer of the Russian vaccine confirmed on Thursday evening the opening of discussion with representatives of the German Government. The Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic was pushed to the resignation last week after buying 2 million doses of Sputnik V, without the vaccine received the green light from the European Medicines Agency.

to read also: Germany: Bavaria will order doses of the Russian vaccine sputnik v

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