The Italian authorities have promised to consider the inclusion of the Russian vaccine against coronavirus “Sputnik V” in the system of local covid certificates (Green Pass). On September 27, during his speech to compatriots in the “Russia House”, this was stated by the Ambassador of the Russian Federation Sergei Razov.
“Foreign Secretary [Сергей] Lavrov, who was here a month ago, at a meeting with the Italian Prime Minister asked him to carefully consider this topic, since this is a restriction of the rights of our diplomats and not only. Draghi said, “I promise, we will consider.” But in what sense and how soon we are waiting, ”he said.
Razov drew attention to the fact that the Minister of Health of the Russian Federation Mikhail Murashko discussed the issue of certification of “Sputnik V” at bilateral meetings within the framework of the events of the G20 countries.
In addition, the diplomat recalled that on April 13 this year, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases named after Lazzaro Spallanzani in Rome signed a memorandum of cooperation with the National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology named after I. N.F. Gamalei.
“The director of the Gamaleya Center, Academician Alexander Gunzburg, invited the director of the Spallanzani Institute Francesco Vailli to visit Moscow in October to continue cooperation,” the ambassador summed up, adding that in addition to Vaia, the Italian delegation will include Lazio Regional Health Minister Alessio D’Amato.
Earlier, on September 24, Gunzburg expressed the opinion that negotiations on the recognition by international organizations of the Russian vaccine against the Sputnik V coronavirus could last for a very long time. As the specialist suggested, the problems with the recognition of the drug are due to competition in the global vaccine market.
Earlier, on September 16, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the situation with the consideration of the application for approval of the Russian vaccine “Sputnik V” has not changed. The organization noted that they are still waiting for additional data from the applicant and manufacturers, which are necessary before the start of corrective and preventive measures.
On September 13, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on the EU to stop politicizing the topic of Russian coronavirus vaccines. According to him, Russian-European contacts in this matter should be as professional as possible, without any politicization.
On September 7, the representative of EMA (European Medicines Agency) Marco Cavaleri said that the regulator has not yet named the date of approval in the European Union of “Sputnik V” and the Chinese Sinovac, as additional information on drugs is required. At the same time, according to him, negotiations with manufacturing companies were constructive.
Sputnik V was developed by specialists from the Gamaleya Center. It was registered in August 2020 and became the first vaccine against COVID-19 in the Russian Federation and the world.
A large-scale vaccination has been taking place in Russia since January. Citizens are vaccinated free of charge and voluntarily. Five vaccines against coronavirus have been registered in the country: Sputnik V, as well as Sputnik Light, EpiVacCorona, EpiVacCorona-N and KoviVac.
All relevant information on the situation with the coronavirus is available on the websites of stopcoronavirus.rf and access vsem.rf, as well as by the hashtag #WeVotte. Coronavirus hotline: 8 (800) 2000-112.