German Chancellor Angela Merkel did not rule out Germany’s purchase of the Russian “Sputnik V” vaccine against the Coronavirus in the event that no agreement is reached at the European Union level in this regard.
Merkel said during a press conference following her meeting with the governors of German states, today, Friday: “As for the Russian vaccine, I have believed for a certain period that we must use in the European Union any vaccine permitted by the European Medicines Agency.”
She added that she prefers to buy the Russian vaccine at the European Union level, but if there is no agreement in this regard, Germany should start purchasing separately, adding that “this is possible and we may do that.”
Merkel confirmed her readiness to receive the vaccine, the British-Swedish company “AstraZeneca”, despite the information about its side effects.
She stressed that Germany is committed to launching a large-scale vaccination campaign next summer.