Health Minister: Sputnik could be administered as part of clinical testing

Health Minister: Sputnik could be administered as part of clinical testing

If the Russian Sputnik V vaccine is not approved by the EU or the relevant Slovak authority, it could still be administered to applicants in Slovakia as part of the third phase of its clinical trial, Health Minister Marek Krajčí (OLaNO) conceded on Tuesday.

After having discussed Sputnik inoculation with scientists and experts, Krajčí noted that if Slovakia were to acquire this vaccine, it would be administered only to those who ask for it and as part of the third phase of the clinical trial. "Hence, it would be in compliance with European directives and norms," he said.

Slovakia has administered 280,503 first doses and 101,929 second doses of vaccines so far.

Romana Grajcarová, Photo: AP/TASR