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Russian COVID-19 Vaccine Use to Be Limited to Hungary Under Emergency Approval, EU Official Says

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian coronavirus vaccine, if approved for use in Hungary via an emergency procedure, cannot be used in any other EU state, the European Commission's spokesman for public health and food safety, Stefan De Keersmaecker, said Monday.

Medication can be authorised for use in the European Union via two procedures — a generalised one through the European Medicines Agency or an emergency procedure for individual states which then carry the liability for using the medication, De Keersmaecker said.

"We are, of course, very much in favour of the authorisation through the European Medicines Agency. It's this agency that goes very thoroughly through the efficacy and safety of the vaccine before it can be put on the market," the spokesman told a press conference.

The commission does not have data about the Russian vaccine, except that its developers approached the EMA, the spokesman added.

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Hungary expects the first small batches of Russian vaccine Sputnik V to be delivered in December, and larger consignments in January, according to a statement made by Hungary's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Friday after talks with Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko. In addition, Hungary is looking into the possibility of producing the vaccine and will send its experts to visit production sites for Sputnik V next week.

At the moment more than 50 countries want to buy the world's first vaccine against coronavirus, Sputnik V, which was registered in Russia on 11 August. The Gamaleya Research Institute, which developed the vaccine, has already received applications for 1.2 billion doses of Sputnik V.

On 13 October, Russia's State Research Centre for Virology and Biotechnology, Vector, registered its EpiVacCorona vaccine against coronavirus that is set to be released by the end of the year.

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