MOSCOW: Russian officials have accused the European Union of not allowing the use of the Russian-made coronavirus vaccine, citing political differences over humanity.
According to the Russian news agency, Yevgeny Primakov, head of Russia’s Federal Agency for International Humanitarian Cooperation and Commonwealth Independent Affairs, expressed these views at a meeting on global epidemic issues organized by the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. What
“Political pressure is still being exerted on Russia and we can see the fact that the European Union has not yet approved the use of the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine,” he said.
Primakov said the European Union had blocked the use of Russian vaccines, citing political differences, and allowed the use of later American and British vaccines, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and other vaccines.
Russian officials also blamed the World Health Organization, saying the WHO had approved all other vaccines but had not yet recognized the world’s first corona vaccine, developed in Russia.
Primakov said the Russian vaccine was a vital weapon in saving lives, but the European Union and the WHO viewed it as political, an unforgivable crime against humanity.