PRAGUE (AP) – Russia asked Slovakia to return the Sputnik V vaccine received on Thursday. “Due to several breaches of the contract”
The official Twitter account of the Sputnik V vaccine said the Slovak drug regulator. “Breach of existing contracts and in sabotage” has performed the Sputnik V test “in a laboratory that is not part of the EU’s official network of drug control laboratories”.
Tweeted, the Slovak Drug Control Institute “launched a disinformation campaign against Sputnik V and planned additional provocation.”
The Slovak Institute said a network of EU accredited laboratories would only test EU-registered vaccines, which were not the case for Sputnik, adding that details on the Russia-Slovak contract were unknown because they were classified.
The announcement was released just hours after Slovak regulators said it had not received enough information on the Russian vaccine from the manufacturer so its benefits and risks could be assessed. The Slovak Institute said that about 80% of the requested information has not been provided.
It said the vaccine delivered to Slovakia differs from the Sputnik V vaccine that is considered 91% effective and appears to prevent seriously ill people with COVID-19, according to a study published in the Lancet.
The Sputnik V is not yet approved for use in the European Union. But the body’s regulator, the European Medicines Agency, started reviewing the vaccine last month. The Slovakian pharmaceutical agency said the EU-validated Sputnik V vaccine was different from the vaccine delivered to Slovakia.
The Russian side called it “fake news”.
“All Sputnik V batches are of the same quality and are under strict quality control at Gamaleya,” said the Sputnik V. “The quality of the Sputnik V is confirmed by regulators in 59 countries.”
But Slovaks said the vaccines appeared to have “only one name”.
Slovakia’s coalition government collapsed last month after Prime Minister Igor Matovic held a secret deal to buy 2 million Sputnik V vaccines despite opposition from the Matovic coalition partnering to welcome Russian vaccines. First 200,000 at the airport on March 1
Matovic, who is now finance minister and deputy prime minister in the new government sworn in last week, was in Moscow on Thursday to discuss further vaccine deliveries. The Russians said Kirill Dmitriev, the chief executive of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, was able to control vaccines and market them overseas. “Productive meeting” with Matovic
But the fund calls on Slovaks to send Sputnik V to EU-accredited laboratories for testing and to ask them to return the vaccines they receive so they can be tested. “Can be used in other countries”
“Congratulations idiot,” Matovic said in a Facebook message to opponents of the Sputnik deal, saying he was not ready to give up and was planning to announce the next step on Friday.
Daria Litvinova in Moscow takes part.
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