PARIS, January 29. / TASS /. The chairman of the French Vaccine Committee Alain Fisher supported the idea of using vaccines from the Russian Federation and China in the country if they are effective. He expressed this opinion on the air of the BFM TV channel on Friday.
“I cannot talk about political decisions, but from a scientific point of view, all available vaccines should be considered, there should not be any prejudices about their origin,” he said, answering the host's question about the possibility of following the example of Hungary, which has already approved the use of Russian vaccine against coronavirus "Sputnik V" and Chinese Sinopharm. "If these vaccines confirm their reliability and effectiveness, meet quality standards and there is an opportunity to make them available in the EU, then why not? The main thing is that these conditions are met, "Fischer added.
"We understand the general impatience," he assured, commenting on statements about the too slow rates of vaccination of the population. "It all depends on the supply of drugs. In addition to tough negotiations with the requirement to increase supplies, we can only optimize the use of vaccinations in the country."
Earlier on Friday, the Hungarian drug regulator authorized the use of a vaccine against the new coronavirus from the Chinese company Sinopharm. On January 22, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Siyarto, at a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, announced that Hungary would receive the Russian drug Sputnik V. Prior to this, the Hungarian National Institute of Pharmacology and Food Safety completed a study of the documentation on Sputnik V and approved the preliminary approval of this drug. Hungary in November 2020 became the first EU country to receive samples of the Russian vaccine for research.
In France, the campaign to vaccinate the population started on December 27, 2020, to date, vaccines produced by the American company Moderna are allowed in the country, as well as the joint development of Pfizer and BioNTech. Since January 18, vaccinations have been given not only to those living in nursing homes and doctors, but also to the entire population over 75 years old and people with serious illnesses. To date, more than 1 million people in France have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.