- Early on in the pandemic, Germany committed to purchasing all vaccines through the EU despite delays. Now some want to make an exception for the Russian vaccine Sputnik V.
- The EU has not yet approved the Sputnik V vaccine, and Angela Merkel stressed that this would still be the prerequisite for any purchase.
- The state premiers of the East German states of Saxony, Thuringia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and Saxony-Anhalt have all expressed a desire to purchase Sputnik V. These states were part of the German Democratic Republic before the reunification.
- So far, 61 countries have approved Sputnik V, and 28 countries are vaccinating with it. The Russian vaccine plays a crucial role in developing countries.
- When many countries are still struggling to procure doses, offering vaccine supplies has given Russia a new soft-power tool to promote its influence.
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