Germany began to discuss vaccine procurement with Russia, not synchronized with the EU or causing controversy
China News Service, April 9th. According to “Central News Agency”, Germany has begun negotiations with Russia for the procurement of “Satellite V” vaccines without harmonizing with the European Union. This has caused controversy.
On the evening of the 8th local time, the company that developed the Russian “Satellite V” vaccine posted a message on social networking sites to confirm that the “discussion” had begun.
They said that German government officials have discussed with the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which provides funds for the development of the new crown vaccine, about the pre-purchase contract for the “Satellite V” vaccine.
Regarding the separation from the European Union on the procurement of the “Satellite V” vaccine, German Health Minister Spahn said earlier that if the domestic vaccination plan can be accelerated, they are ready to join forces without the other 26 EU member states. In case of action, do it alone.
Spain said: “The European Commission stated that the EU will not sign contracts (purchasing the’Satellite V’vaccine) like other pharmaceutical companies, so I think we will have bilateral talks with Russia.”
Shi Pan said: “In order to make our current situation really change, the vaccine must be delivered in the next 2 months to 4-5 months, otherwise we will not have enough vaccine.” He also It was pointed out that any procurement still depends on the approval of the “Satellite V” vaccine by European regulatory agencies.
He said that Germany is seeking “binding commitments to (ensure) the specific number of vaccines that can be delivered to Germany when approved by the regulatory agency.”