Merkel, Macron and Putin in talks on the use of the Sputnik V jab in Europe
Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron discussed the Russian Sputnik V vaccine and its use in Europe in a conference call on Tuesday, the Kremlin said.
The Moscow statement said that, among other topics, the leaders of Russia, Germany and France discussed the prospects for registration of the vaccine in the EU and the possibility of joint shipments and production in EU nations. He did not say who raised the issue.
The slow launch of vaccines in the EU has been hit by an early dose shortage, but those deficiencies were expected to narrow significantly early next month with more than 300 million doses of the vaccines Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca ready to go. in April, May and June:
WHO chief says lab leak theory worth further examination
And the United Kingdom has harshly criticized a World Health Organization report on the beginnings of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan, implicitly accusing China of “denying access to original and complete data and samples.”
The statement, also signed by 12 other countries, including Australia and Canada, came on the heels of WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Tuesday admitting that the investigation was “not extensive enough” and that experts had had difficulties to access. raw information during his four-week visit to Wuhan in January.
Tedros also said there should be ongoing examination of the theory that the virus had escaped from a Wuhan institute virology lab, despite the report calling it “extremely unlikely” as the source of the pandemic, a theory promoted. by some in the Trump administration. .
The long-awaited report from WHO-appointed experts and their Chinese counterparts said that the global pandemic likely reached humans from animals:
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