After Bayern advance: MV also wants to order Sputnik cans

After Bayern advance
MV also wants to order Sputnik cans

Many people are progressing too slowly with the vaccine campaign in Germany. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania wants to speed things up itself and announces that it will order a million vaccine doses in Russia. The EMA has yet to make a decision on the Sputnik V vaccine.

Like Bavaria, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is also securing access to the Russian corona vaccine Sputnik V before possible EU approval. As state health minister Harry Glawe announced in Schwerin, the state has secured an option to Russia for one million of these vaccine doses. “We are currently still in a phase in which there are still too few manufacturers,” said Glawe, justifying the move.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is also trying to go its own way to improve the speed and predictability of vaccinations. “We are interested in long-term cooperation with Russia. In addition, the country is examining whether companies based in the country could enable bottling or production,” said Glawe.

In Bavaria, a company in the Swabian town of Illertissen is supposed to produce the Russian vaccine. A corresponding letter of intent for production and import has been signed, it said. After approval, the Free State will receive 2.5 million vaccine doses. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is currently examining the application for approval of Sputnik V in the EU.

In April, experts from the EMA are expected in Russia to assess the production and storage of the vaccine. Russia released the drug in mid-August 2020 as the world’s first corona vaccine for widespread use in the population. In the meantime, data published in the medical press have attested the product’s high effectiveness.