Borrell congratulates Russia on vaccine it hopes to see administered in the EU

The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, today congratulated Russia on the success of the Sputnik V vaccine against covid-19 and said he hoped that the European Medicines Agency would approve its use in the European Union.

At a joint press conference with the Russian Foreign Minister, and after Sergei Lavrov answered a question about the vaccine developed by Russia recalling the skepticism with which it was received in the West, Borrell asked for the word "simply to congratulate the Russia for this success ".

"It is good news for all of humanity, as it means that we will have more tools to fight the pandemic. Now I hope that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) can certify the vaccine's efficiency, so that it can also be used in the EU It will be good news, as, as you know, we are faced with a shortage of vaccines and supply problems ", declared the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy.

For his part, the Russian minister, beginning to note that the announcement of the development of the Sputnik vaccine was received "negatively" by the West, with "many statements of skepticism", reported on multiple ongoing contacts with the United States and European countries, including Germany, with a view to collaborating with Russia.