Italy: Expert discusses Russian Sputnik vaccine
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Italian health official Alessio D’Amato insisted time was the “fundamental factor” in the fight against the coronavirus and said Russia’s Sputnick V would likely be one of the jabs Rome turned to in order to speed up the country’s vaccination programme. The Lazio Region Health Counselor added that Italy would be able to source alternative vaccines quickly by “limiting time spent on bureaucracy” amid the EU’s struggle to secure adequate supplies.
Mr D’Amato told RT: “In this case, it’s not the jabs’ origin that we should focus on but the efficacy of test results.
“And we must run fast because in the eternal fight between viruses and humans time is the fundamental factor.
“We can quickly examine other alternatives to contracts already signed in Europe.
“Among which is certainly the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine.”
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“We will ask to test Sputnik V as quickly as possible by limiting time spent on bureaucracy,” he explained.
“After all its is a vaccine which is already being administered in many countries around the world.”
It comes after the EU has struggled to rollout coronavirus vaccines due to issues with supply from AstraZeneca and Pfizer.
Sputnik V was found to be 91.6 percent against symptomatic coronavirus in interim results of a clinical trial with 20,000 participants.
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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has also said his country would welcome Chinese and Russian vaccines as EU member states become desperate to speed up their vaccine rollout.
Speaking to the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag Mr Kurz said: “It’s about getting a safe vaccine as quickly as possible. It is not about who makes it.
“Austria would certainly try to make production capacity available at appropriate national firms if the Russian and Chinese manufacturers secure approval.
“It would also be if they are produced in Europe.”
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He added: “This is just like manufacturers from other countries.”
Mr Kurz also said he would also consider receiving the Russian vaccine if it was approved by EU regulators.
He said: “The only important thing is their effectiveness, their safety, and their swift availability, not geopolitical struggles.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is open to the use of the Russian made vaccine Sputnik V.
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