Vaccines in the East – Le Temps

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How come the new members of the European Union, recently freed from the Soviet yoke, are looking east for their supply of anti-Covid-19 vaccines, vaccines that are not licensed in the European Union (EU)? The most spectacular case is that of Slovakia, which has just ordered 2,000,000 doses of Russian Sputnik V after having received 200,000 doses of the same vaccine. Of course, Slovakia has always been better disposed towards the “big brother” in the east than its neighbors. The federalization of Czechoslovakia, promised as early as 1918, was finally achieved after the crushing of the “Prague Spring” by Soviet and Allied troops in 1968.

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