In Slovakia, the state drug control institute SUKL has published a critical report on the Russian vaccine Sputnik V.
The vaccines supplied are not identical in every detail to those previously described in the renowned specialist journal Lancet, according to the report that the German Press Agency received on Thursday. The Slovak media had previously reported on it.
Information from other countries in which Sputnik V has already been used is also not applicable to the vaccines delivered to Slovakia due to a lack of agreement. “The only thing that these vaccines have in common is their name,” the Slovak inspectors wrote literally. They had already accused the manufacturing company of providing insufficient information.
On March 1st, Slovakia received a first shipment of 200,000 doses of the vaccine from Russia, which is not approved in the EU. The health minister, Marek Krajci, who has since resigned, granted an exemption for the use of Sputnik V. At the same time, however, he ordered that the actual use may only begin after a positive test by SUKL has been obtained. This is why the vaccine has not yet been used.
Finance Minister Igor Matovic criticized negative media reports on Facebook as a malicious conspiracy. The conservative-populist ex-prime minister wrote that someone was apparently trying “for geopolitical reasons” to prevent Sputnik V from helping to save human lives in Slovakia. On Thursday, he surprisingly left for Moscow to speak to the head of the Russian marketing agency, as he announced on Facebook.