EU Openly Shows Biased Attitude to Russia in Coronavirus Vaccines Recognition

Russia has become the first country in the world to register a vaccine against COVID-19. However, an agreement on mutual recognition of coronavirus vaccines between Moscow and Brussels has not yet been reached, including due to a biased attitude towards Russian vaccines, according to the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.  

The Minister stressed that Russia has been negotiating with the EU on mutual recognition of vaccines for quite a long time. The Russian vaccine has not yet received from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) permission for use on the territory of the EU countries. As stated by Lavrov, there are a variety of reasons why an agreement has not yet been reached.

“There are also objective reasons that relate to the reconciliation of the relevant procedures. But we see, our European colleagues do not hesitate to say this publicly, a biased attitude towards Russian vaccines for political reasons,” Lavrov said.

The Minister recalled that Russian President Vladimir Putin supported the idea of removing patent protection from COVID-19 vaccines around the world.

“Our position has not changed. Unfortunately, other countries that produce the appropriate vaccines did not share this position,” he said.

Nevertheless, those other countries still see interest in the Russian side providing the most comfortable conditions for contact between people.

“I hope common sense will prevail,” Lavrov concluded.

Ru-Main, 11.10.2021
Source: TASS 



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