Czech Republic seeks EU help with vaccines

Czech Republic seeks EU help with vaccines

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis, after the first day of an informal summit of the European Council in the Portuguese city of Porto, announced his intention to ask the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to provide the republic with a large number of  vaccines in June, Czech Radio reported.

“I will definitely ask the president [of the EC, Ursula von der Leyen] to try to [ensure] that [the Czech Republic] receives more vaccines in June. This is the most important thing for us right now, “ Babish said.

According to the politician, in the coming weeks, the Czech Republic will launch a large-scale campaign to popularize vaccination against  among the population. Babis believes that such a campaign can be implemented on the territory of the entire European Union, and its preparation should be handled by the EC.

Recall that in early May, Babis said that the Czech Republic allegedly does not lack vaccines against  and therefore allegedly does not need drugs that have not been certified by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

On April 29, the Czech pharmaceutical regulator-the State Institute for Drug Control-announced the termination of the study of the Russian vaccine “Sputnik V”, allegedly due to a lack of documentation received from the manufacturer.

On April 17, the Czech Republic canceled the visit of Deputy Prime Minister, Acting Foreign Minister Jan Gamacek to Moscow to discuss the possibility of acquiring Sputnik V. Later, Gamacek fired one of the local officials for reminding him that in April, the Deputy Prime Minister, acting Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, spoke about plans to visit and bring back the Sputnik V vaccine. Gamache himself called the part of the canceled talk of the operation against Russia.

On April 2, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said that the European Union was “indirectly forcing” the republic to start negotiations with on the purchase of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine before receiving a certificate from the European regulator.

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