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The Swedish parliament raised the issue of the possibility of purchasing a Russian vaccine against COVID-19

Mats Nordberg, a member of the Parliament (Riksdag) of Sweden, said that the country is experiencing a shortage of doses of vaccine against coronavirus infection. Taking this into account, the parliamentarian raised the issue of the possibility of purchasing drugs from Russia or China. RT got acquainted with Nordberg’s request sent to Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde.

Nordberg noted that Sweden is still “suffering from a shortage of vaccines against COVID-19.” At the same time, the parliamentarian did not rule out that the possibility of purchasing Russian vaccines through the EU channels would be difficult.

He expressed this opinion against the background of statements by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that “Moscow no longer believes that it has any relations with the European Union,” the document says. However, in order to gain access to foreign vaccines, Sweden “mainly operates through EU channels,” Nordberg said.

“The aforementioned about Russia in some aspects also applies to relations between Sweden and China,” the deputy added.

Given the ambiguous nature of relations between Russia and the EU, as well as between Sweden and China, Nordberg asked Linda how Stockholm should act in terms of cooperation with Moscow and Beijing on the purchase of vaccines against COVID-19.

“Does the minister think that … Sweden should, acting in direct contact with Russia and / or China, seek to ensure that after either the official approval of the vaccine or its approval for emergency use, it will have access to additional vaccines against COVID-19 from these two countries? ” – said in his address.

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Earlier, the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry said that Moscow does not have relations with the European Union, since they were destroyed by unilateral decisions of Brussels. Nevertheless, he stressed that Russia is ready to restore dialogue on the basis of equality and balance of interests.

On February 2, one of the largest medical publications, The Lancet, published a material stating that the Russian vaccine against COVID-19 Sputnik V provides complete protection against severe cases of coronavirus. The effectiveness of the drug, according to experts, is 91.6%.





Source site russian.rt.com

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