French minister Beaune: EU must be united over Russian, Chinese vaccines

The solidarity of the European Union would be impacted if countries in the bloc chose Chinese or Russian COVID-19 vaccines which have not yet been approved, French European Affairs minister Clement Beaune said on Friday.

Reuters | Paris | Updated: 05-03-2021 13:53 IST | Created: 05-03-2021 12:56 IST
French minister Beaune: EU must be united over Russian, Chinese vaccines
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The solidarity of the European Union would be impacted if countries in the bloc chose Chinese or Russian COVID-19 vaccines which have not yet been approved, French European Affairs minister Clement Beaune said on Friday. "If they went to choose the Chinese and/or Russian vaccine, I think it would be quite serious," Beaune told RTL radio.

"It would pose a problem in terms of our solidarity, and it also poses a health risk problem, because the Russian vaccine is not yet authorized in Europe. A demand for approval has been made but it is not yet authorized in Europe, and no demand has even been made yet for the Chinese vaccine," added Beaune. Russia's Sputnik V vaccine has already been approved or is being assessed for approval in three states in the EU bloc's eastern wing - Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic - as delays hamper vaccination programs across the EU.

The EU's drugs regulator has begun reviewing the Russian shot for possible approval. Polish President Andrzej Duda has also talked with Chinese leader Xi Jinping about buying the Chinese COVID-19 shot, his aide told the state-run news agency PAP on Monday, although Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said on Wednesday he did not currently recommend the vaccine due to insufficient data.

The European Commission said on Thursday that there were no talks underway about buying Russia's Sputnik V vaccine.

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