Tue, 15 Jun 2021

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia: Following successful testing in a Hungarian lab, Slovakia will discuss the purchase of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine with Moscow.

Slovakian Health Minister Vladimir Lengvarsky said he plans on talking to "the Russian side about further developments on this issue," as reported by United Press International.

Earlier, the Slovak State Institute for Drug Control said it had not been able to evaluate the Russian vaccine because it had not received enough information from the manufacturers.

At that point, Hungary offered to evaluate the Russian-made vaccine to assist Slovakia.
Of note, the Hungarians said the doses it received from Russia were not the same as those being reviewed by the European Union.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund, which markets Sputnik V abroad, initially called the Hungarian findings "fake news," noting that Hungary's drug regulator had tested the vaccine in a laboratory that is not affiliated with the EU's network of approved facilities.

At the same time, the Russians welcomed the results of the Hungarian tests, and said it asked the drug regulator to apologize "for spreading incorrect information about Sputnik V."

If chosen, Slovakia would be the second EU nation, along with Hungary, to use Sputnik V. The Russian vaccine has not been authorized by the European Medicines Agency.

Former Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic's government collapsed in March after a secret deal was revealed for Slovakia to purchase 2 million Sputnik V doses.

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