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World Bavaria Agrees to Buy Russia’s Covid-19 Shot Pending EU Approval

05:55  08 april  2021
05:55  08 april  2021 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Bavaria Agrees to Buy Russia ’ s Covid - 19 Shot Pending EU Approval . The deal with the state-run Russian Direct Investment Fund, which backed Sputnik V’s development and is in charge of its international roll-out, is contingent on the shot gaining European Union or German approval , Bavaria ’s health ministry said in an emailed statement.

Bavaria will buy 2.5 million doses of Russia ' s Sputnik coronavirus vaccine if it is approved by the European Medicines Agency, the premier of the German region said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A nurse prepares a dose of Russia ' s Sputnik V coronavirus disease ( COVID - 19 ) vaccine at a sport centre, as the country starts mass inoculation campaign with the Russian vaccine donated by Serbia, in Skopje, North Macedonia April 5, 2021. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski.

(Bloomberg) -- Bavaria signed a preliminary agreement to secure as many as 2.5 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, some of which would be produced at a facility in the German state.

text, letter: A vial of the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine at a cold storage facility in Karachi, Pakistan, on Friday, March 19, 2021. Islamabad has granted permission to Russia’s Sputnik V, which has been validated by global experts as being more than 90% effective. © Bloomberg A vial of the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine at a cold storage facility in Karachi, Pakistan, on Friday, March 19, 2021. Islamabad has granted permission to Russia’s Sputnik V, which has been validated by global experts as being more than 90% effective.

The deal with the state-run Russian Direct Investment Fund, which backed Sputnik V’s development and is in charge of its international roll-out, is contingent on the shot gaining European Union or German approval, Bavaria’s health ministry said in an emailed statement.

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The European Commission told health ministers of EU member states on Wednesday that Brussels was not planning to start talks with Russia on a preliminary contract for Sputnik V as it did with other vaccine providers, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on condition of anonymity. BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is about to start bilateral negotiations with Russia to obtain its Sputnik V COVID - 19 vaccine, a source told Reuters on Wednesday, adding that any final agreement depended on Russia providing key data to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

The European Union will propose a certificate that could ease travel for those who have taken EU - approved vaccines as well as others, like the Chinese and Russian shots , that have only received emergency national authorizations. The “ EU Covid Card/digital green certificate” will comprise three documents that will specify if the holder has gotten a vaccine and which one; the results of a coronavirus test if taken; and details on whether they have recovered from a Covid - 19 infection, according to a person familiar with the European Commission’ s draft regulation.

As well as an option to import Sputnik shots directly from Russia, production would be ramped up at a facility belonging to Russian drugmaker R-Pharm in the town of Illertissen, west of the state capital Munich, the ministry said.

Read more: Austria is also in talks to buy 1 million Sputnik doses

Germany signed up to a program under which the EU takes the lead on sourcing most of the coronavirus vaccines bought by the bloc, but has said it would consider buying Sputnik V even if some of its European partners choose not to. Bavaria is the first of the 16 regions to announce an actual agreement.

The doses would probably be delivered in July, Bavaria Premier Markus Soeder said Wednesday at a news conference. Soeder, who is a leading candidate to replace Angela Merkel as German chancellor after September’s election, is keen to show voters that he’s doing all he can to speed up the country’s sluggish inoculation drive.

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Czechs may consider buying vaccines from Russia before they get the European Union ’s approval , but won’t use them Last month, Hungary became the first EU member to agree to buy millions of doses of Russia ’ s Sputnik V and Hungary Secures EU ’s First Deal to Buy Chinese Covid - 19 Shot .

EU is investigating claims Russia ' s Sputnik V trials contravened ethical and scientific standards and test subjects were 'forced to take part'. European Medicines Agency will probe whether 'volunteers' were pressured to take part in Sputnik V vaccine trials in Russia . Comes after texts were uncovered Some EU members states such as Hungary and Slovakia have bypassed the EU and bought up supplies of Sputnik to use in their roll-outs and approved them under emergency medical powers within their own countries. Hungary, which has also bought jabs from China, has one of Europe 's fastest

Russia has persuaded more than 50 countries to approve Sputnik V, with several million doses already delivered to Latin America, the biggest demand so far. The European Medicines Agency has started a rolling review of Sputnik -- designed to speed up the assessment of a promising medicine during a public health emergency.

EU leaders were told during a recent video conference that it could take three to four months before Sputnik receives EMA approval, according to a diplomatic cable seen by Bloomberg. Some leaders questioned whether the drug would still be needed at that point, the note said.

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