Sputnik V vaccine should not be used as a political tool / Article / LSM.lv

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas announced on February 13 that the country would have no reason not to consider the purchase of the Russian-made Covid-19 vaccine “Sputnik V” if its use is approved by the European Medicines Agency.

Kallasa pointed out that the Sputnik V vaccine should not be used as a political tool, but according to the Estonian public media ERR to vaccinate people.

Meanwhile, Hungary yesterday became the first member state of the European Union to use Sputnik V to vaccinate the population.

The pot created in Russia is also used in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our neighbor Lithuania has rejected the possibility of purchasing Sputnik V.

CONTEXT

Russia was the first country to approve its Covid-19 vaccine for wider use, registering it as early as August 2020, but no large-scale trials had yet taken place. The vaccine is called “Sputnik V”, honoring the USSR satellite.

The Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 has shown almost 92% efficiency. This is evidenced by data published in the academic journal The Lancet during a new phase III study of 20,000 participants.

Covid-19 vaccine in general shortage this year increased interest on the Sputnik V vaccine manufactured in Russia. A number of world leaders have called not to politicize the issue of vaccines.

Sputnik has already been approved in 20 countries, which will soon be joined by a number of others, including Brazil and India. In addition Hungary is also a member of the European Union.

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