Russia invites Europeans to produce its Sputnik vaccine


All countries have, right now, a common enemy: the coronavirus. Can the European Union and Russia fight the pandemic together? This is one of the questions that Euronews has raised with the Russian ambassador to the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov.

Andrei Beketov, Euronews, Bruselas

Brussels has already signed several contracts with companies from different countries for the supply of the Covid-19 vaccine. Will Russia offer its vaccine to Europe? Are there contacts?

Vladimir Chizhov, Russian Ambassador to the EU

The first vaccine that has been certified in the world is the Russian Sputnik. However, given the wide spread of the pandemic, the question arises of the ability to produce it and subsequently distribute it. In this regard, the Russian Federation invites other countries to locally produce the vaccine developed by Russian scientists. As far as I know, there is already an interested country among the Member States of the European Union, which is Hungary.

Andrei Beketov Euronews, Bruselas

How do you explain the lack of confidence in the Sputnik vaccine? The markets have not reacted unlike, for example, what happened with the Modena and Pfizer announcements.

Vladimir Chizhov, Russian Ambassador to the EU

Trust has a lot to do with people including, to a large extent, your fellow journalists. And as for the basis on which trust is built, it is provided by the results of tests carried out with two of our vaccines. Right now, we have statistics only for Sputnik: its efficiency is 92%. But I don’t think there is a competition problem at all. The composition and formulation of these vaccines should not be treated as some kind of secret.

Andrei Beketov Euronews, Bruselas

Does Russia need help, in this area, from the European Union?

Vladimir Chizhov, Russian Ambassador to the EU

Well, we have a good production capacity. For Russian citizens, it is enough.

Andrei Beketov Euronews, Bruselas

In Moscow, in Brussels, do you think the rules will be relaxed for Christmas and New Year’s Eve?

Vladimir Chizhov, Russian Ambassador to the EU

I’m afraid the relaxation due to the holidays could lead to a third wave. A radical change in the situation will only be possible when an effective vaccine is available in sufficient quantities. And this will not happen before Christmas, and in my opinion, everyone knows it.


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