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After a political crisis, Sputnik V shrouded in mystery in Slovakia

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The secret deal for the purchase of Sputnik V caused the government of Igor Matovic to fall. Now, and a month after they arrived in the country, the first 200 thousand doses of the vaccine remain in a warehouse and without authorization for administration.

The political crisis in Slovakia broke out three weeks ago, when it was revealed that there was a secret agreement between Bratislava and Moscow for the purchase of 2 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.

The crisis led to the resignation of six ministers, the departure of the prime minister, Igor Matovic, and a reshuffle of the coalition government made up of four right-wing populist parties.

Now, Público advances, a real mystery has emerged: the Slovak press reported that tests carried out on vaccines received in Bratislava concluded that they have a different composition of the clinical studies reviewed by the The Lancet.

The Slovak Institute for Pharmacological Control claimed that, based on the information available, it is unable to draw definitive conclusions as to the efficacy and safety of the Russian vaccine.

“On March 30, this agency sent an official report to the Ministry of Health, stating that it cannot reach a conclusion on the benefits and risks of the Sputnik V vaccine (…), because of the amount of data that has not been submitted by the producer , in inconsistencies in the dosage forms and the impossibility of a comparative analysis of the batches used in several studies and countries ”, confirmed the regulatory agency.

The news pointed to the detection of a Different “formula” that which was officially registered for the conduct of Sputnik V clinical trials, but the pharmacological institute did not specifically comment on this matter.

The European regulator has already started a “continuous review” of Sputnik V to determine whether it meets the EU’s requirements for efficiency, safety and quality.

The country’s Ministry of Health will await the completion of the national regulator’s evaluation process before proceeding with the administration of the first doses of the Russian vaccine.

The Russian authorities have not yet reacted, but in Sputnik V’s official account in Twitter, there is a denial that the doses sent to the country are different.

The news “based on anonymous sources” that the doses of the vaccine sent to Slovakia are different from the Sputnik V of clinical trials “are false“, It reads in the publication.

Liliana Malainho Liliana Malainho, ZAP //

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