Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Monday that Russia was willing to deliver its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, and that Croatia's HALMED agency for medicinal products was now considering what could be done to procure that vaccine in compliance with the EU acquis.
Concerning the topic of vaccine supplies, Plenković said that last week talks had been held by pharmaceutical companies and the European Commission’s representatives and that he expected that the delivery of vaccines would be ramped up and that more than 600,000 doses would be sent to Croatia by the end of March. He also expects higher amounts of vaccines in the second quarter of 2021.
Russia is willing to deliver its Sputnik V vaccine to Croatia, he added.
We are now, together with the Croatian agency for medicines, considering the legal ways to make that delivery possible, in compliance with the EU acquis, the prime minister said.
The public health safety rule implies applying the European Medicines Agency filter. Once approved, the vaccine could be used in Croatia, Plenković said.
Plenković had held talks with the ministers of health and foreign affairs on this topic.