Austria is in talks with Russia to buy a million doses of Sputnik Who. This was announced by the office of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. The Russian vaccine has not yet been approved by the European Medicines Agency.
The Austrian Conservative Chancellor has been criticized by the opposition for not buying enough vaccines.
“There should be no geopolitical issues regarding vaccines. “The only thing that needs to be accounted for is whether the vaccine is effective and safe,” the chancellor said in a statement issued by his office.
The Chancellor’s statement no longer emphasized that the country would only use a vaccine approved by a European regulator.
Sputnik V is approved for use in 58 countries. Most recently he was given the authorization by Mali.
Two European countries, Hungary and Slovakia, purchased doses of the Russian vaccine, although only Hungary started using it. The use of the Russian vaccine in Slovakia is so controversial that it is causing a political crisis.
The Italian region also signed a campaign with the Russian vaccine manufacturer about the future purchase. However, according to the agreement, the Italian region will buy the Russian vaccine only if it is authorized by a European regulator.
The vaccine was approved by Russia in August last year without waiting for the final results of clinical trials.