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German state of Bavaria secures 2.5 million doses of Russian Sputnik V

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is currently reviewing Sputnik V for authorization in the EU.
FILED - 21 January 2021, Argentina, Buenos Aires: In this image provided by Argentina's presidential office, Alberto Fernandez (L), president of Argentina, is administered the Russian anti-Corona vaccine Sputnik V. Fernandez has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19), he said on Friday night, 2 April 2021. Photo: Esteban Collazo/Presidencia Argentina/dpa - ACHTUNG: Nur zur redaktionellen Verwendung im Zusammenhang mit der aktuellen Berichterstattung und nur mit vollständiger Nennung des vorstehenden Credits
President of Argentina Alberto Fernandez is administered the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. Photo: Esteban Collazo/Presidencia Argentina/dpa/file photo.
The southern German state of Bavaria has secured 2.5 million doses of the Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V, even before European medical authorities authorized the shot.

Bavarian Premier Markus Soeder announced the state would sign a precontract with a production firm in the town of Illertissen later on Wednesday.

Once the shot is authorized in the European Union, Bavaria would then receive the ordered doses, Soeder said.

Production in Illertissen could start this year, Bavaria's Health Minister Klaus Holetschek said. "It is a highly effective vaccine," Holetschek added.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is currently reviewing Sputnik V for authorization in the EU. EMA experts are expected to travel to Russia later in April to survey the production and storage of the jab.

Germany's vaccine roll-out has been slow amid difficulties with vaccine deliveries and supply.

First vaccine worldwide

Wolfgang Kubicki, deputy leader of the Liberal party (FDP), welcomed Soeder's move, saying he hoped it would bring some momentum to the campaign.

"With this, Soeder reveals the embarrassing slow-poking of the government's vaccine management," Kubicki said.

Russia already approved Sputnik V for use in August, the first vaccine against Covid-19 to be authorized worldwide, although medical trials had not been completed at that time.

In the meantime, data from the trials has been published and peer-reviewed, attesting to the shot's effectiveness.

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