NAfter the temporary stop of the corona vaccinations with the Astra-Zeneca vaccine, several East German Prime Ministers are promoting the Russian vaccine Sputnik V. “Russia is a great science country, and I have no doubt that the science there is capable of to produce a powerful vaccine, ”said Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) to the newspapers of the Funke media group. “The vaccine should be approved.” After all, Germany has capacity problems with vaccines.
Saxony-Anhalt’s Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) pointed out, like Kretschmer, that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) had to decide on approval first. “In principle, however, the following applies: In the fight against Corona, we welcome any vaccine that is safe and effective and thus helps us to overcome the pandemic,” he told the Funke newspapers. “When it comes to people’s health, origin shouldn’t matter. As a child, I was immunized with a Russian polio vaccine. I have no problems there. “
“Clarify this quickly with Russia”
Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bode Ramelow (left) told the Funke-Blätter: “For a long time I have been wishing for a lot more pressure from the federal government that we get more alternative vaccines approved.” The dependence on Astra-Zeneca makes the vaccination strategy vulnerable. “It is therefore important that the Sputnik V issue is finally dealt with emphatically. I’ve been hearing for weeks that documents are missing. If that is really the case, then you have to clarify this with Russia quickly. ”He himself wants to use his channels to Russia to help with this. “I don’t want political approval. But I also don’t want any political rejection, ”said Ramelow.
In Germany, the vaccinations with Astra-Zeneca were suspended on Monday. According to the Federal Ministry of Health, eight cases of thrombosis (blood clots) in the cerebral veins in the cerebral veins had been reported nationwide by Tuesday evening, related to the vaccination. The number of cases is statistically higher than in the population without vaccination. It is currently being investigated whether there is a causal relationship between vaccination and thrombosis. The EMA is expected to issue a recommendation on the safety of the vaccine on Thursday.