On Saturday, March 13, the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, appealed to the French authorities to allow him to buy the Russian COVID-19 vaccine Sputnik V on his own. He stated this in a broadcast by France Bleu, an excerpt of which he published on his Twitter.
He recalled that regional and local authorities could more quickly address the issue of vaccine shortages.
“Nice, as a metropolis, can negotiate its own vaccine supply. “Satellite V has already been approved in more than 48 countries. I demand that the health authorities give me permission to do so,” the mayor said.
Estrosi pointed out that last year, thanks to such authority, Nice was able to solve the issue of medical mask shortages much earlier than the French government did.
Earlier, on March 11, Jean de Gliniasti, head of the research center of the Institute for International and Strategic Relations in Paris and former French ambassador to Russia, said that the vaccine against coronavirus infection Sputnik V was a scientific and geopolitical success for Russia.
On March 10, Thomas Mertens, head of the German Standing Commission on Vaccination (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute praised the work of Russian researchers and the Sputnik V drug itself. The head of STIKO expressed the opinion that soon the vaccine will be registered in the European Union.
“Sputnik V has been officially approved in 51 countries, with Azerbaijan being the latest to approve the use of the vaccine. In Europe, the Russian emergency drug is registered in Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia, Montenegro, San Marino, and Northern Macedonia.