After Hungary, Slovakia and soon Austria, it is the turn of the largest European economy to change its position on the issue of the Russian vaccine against Covid-19. While he had supported for a year a coordinated action at European level to fight against the pandemic, the German Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, announced Thursday that he wanted to negotiate a bilateral contract with Russia for the purchase of doses of Sputnik V. “To really make a difference compared to our current situation, the delivery will have to take place in the next two to four or five months”, commented the Minister. Before that, however, the European Medicines Agency will have to approve the marketing of the Russian vaccine.
This initiative is a turning point for Berlin, which until then has followed the strategy of group ordering of vaccines by the European Commission. However, the question of Sputnik V is dividing Europe. This time, Berlin does not want to rely on Brussels, much criticized since the autumn for its slowness.