Russia says it does not immediately plan to recognize foreign coups
RUSSIA: The Kremlin said on Thursday that Moscow had no immediate plans to allow foreign coronavirus vaccines in Russia, despite the country’s slow vaccination rates and rising death toll in third wave of the pandemic .
Russia – whose Sputnik V vaccine is not recognized by the EU – is not currently discussing “mutual recognition” of vaccines with Brussels, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Health authorities on Thursday recorded 791 deaths from COVID in the past 24 hours. The Kremlin has struggled to counter widespread anti-vaccine sentiment, with just 20% of Russians having received at least one stroke.
When asked whether allowing Western vaccines would cause hesitant Russians to get vaccinated by offering them a choice, Peskov said the country has enough local vaccines.
“We have our own four vaccines,” he said. “Isn’t that a choice?
Besides Sputnik V, Russia has registered three other vaccines: EpiVacCorona, CoviVac and Sputnik Light, a single-dose version of Sputnik V.
Peskov added that although there are no such discussions yet, he hopes Moscow and Brussels can discuss vaccine recognition in the future.
First greeted with skepticism, the vaccine against the Sputnik V coronavirus has since seduced experts. President Vladimir Putin described it as “the best vaccine in the world”.
But the Russians themselves seem less convinced, with many saying they would prefer a Western vaccine and 54% saying they are not considering getting the vaccine.
The Sputnik V and Sinovac vaccines are both subject to a “continuous review” process by the European Medicines Agency, which is a step before seeking formal authorization.
Sputnik V has been approved in 67 countries, including ex-Soviet countries like Belarus and Armenia, allies like Venezuela and Iran, but also Argentina, Brazil, India and Pakistan. – NDTV