Chancellor Sebastian Kurz noted that this would speed up the process of vaccination of the population. In his opinion, the approval of vaccines by the European regulator is very slow, which affects the pace of vaccination.
Austria may register the Russian Sputnik V vaccine without waiting for the approval of the European regulator if this process drags on, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said during a live broadcast on Instagram.
“Of course, there is an opportunity to do it at the national level if it takes too long at the European level. There are countries in Europe that use several vaccines, for example Hungary or Serbia, which also use Sputnik V, which is a great advantage for these countries because they can vaccinate the population faster. It saves lives, saves jobs, ”said Kurz (quoted from RIA Novosti).
The Chancellor believes that the national registration of “Sputnik V” would significantly speed up the process of vaccination of the population. “I am in favor of us doing this. We are now coordinating this with the federal government, ”he said.
He noted that the processes at the European Medicines Agency (EMA) are very slow. This is one of the reasons, according to the Chancellor, why Europe lags behind the United States and Britain in the vaccination process.
Putin discussed with the Austrian Chancellor the supply of the Sputnik V vaccine
Sebastian Kurtz and Vladimir Putin