BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany is about to begin bilateral talks with Russia to obtain the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, sources told Reuters on Wednesday, adding that the final deal depends on Russia providing vital information to European Medicines. Agency (EMA).
The European Commission told EU health ministers on Wednesday that Brussels did not plan to begin negotiations with Russia on preliminary contracts for Sputnik V, as it would with other vaccine providers. Knowing in the matter, told Reuters about the conditions of non-disclosure.
That is why German Health Minister Jens Spahn announced during the virtual session that Germany would begin preliminary talks with Russia on a bilateral agreement to preserve vaccines.
In preliminary negotiations, Germany first wants to determine how much Russia can deliver and when, the sources said.
In any case, Germany will buy the Russian vaccine only after it has been approved by the EMA, and it is therefore imperative that Russia provide the necessary information, the source added.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Bavarian Prime Minister said the German region would buy 2.5 million doses of Sputnik vaccine if it was approved by the EMA.
Markus Soeder, Chancellor of the wealthy southern German state, said the purchase would take place in July.
Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Written by Michael Nienaber; Compiled by Paul Carrel and Kirsti Knolle.