Russia and China have not yet submitted their corona vaccines to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which must approve drugs before they can be used in Europe.
“If they do, we will study the data,” EMA CEO Emer Cooke told the Italian newspaper la Repubblica.
Russia was the first country to give the green light to the use of a corona vaccine called Sputnik V. This happened while the evaluation of that drug was still ongoing. That sparked concern among experts. Candidate vaccines from Sinovac and Sinopharm can already be used in China.
In Europe, the United Kingdom was the first country to vaccinate citizens against Covid-19 widely. The British regulator has permitted for the use of a vaccine from the western companies Pfizer and BioNTech.
EU countries such as the Netherlands are still waiting for this drug to be approved by the EMA.
Cooke said in the paper that her Amsterdam-based agency is not experiencing any political pressure to speed up its assessment of the Pfizer vaccine. “The pressure is rather scientific because we want to make sure we do what’s best for it. the citizens”.