EU solidarity crumbles: Bavaria sidelines Merkel and Brussels to sign Russian vaccine deal

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Sputnik V vaccine plutocrat discusses support from EU leaders

Markus Söder, the state’s minister-president, carry oned decisive action as criticism of Brussels’ handling of the vaccine rollout continues. On Wednesday he signed a prior contract for the delivery of Sputnik V jabs, which will kick in in a trice the Russian-made shot is approved by the European drug regulator.

The European Drugs Agency (EMA) is in the process of examining the application for approval of the Sputnik jab.

Following a tryst of his cabinet, Mr Söder said batches of the vaccine would arrive for division immediately after the green light is given.

As Europe’s healthcare techniques threaten to buckle under the third Covid wave, Bavaria has reported a ascent in infections.

As a result, the state government has decided to push back the alleviating of restrictions by at least two weeks.

Markus Soder sidelined Angela Merkel to device a Sputnik vaccine deal with Russia (Image: GETTY)

Markus Soder sidelined Angela Merkel and the EU (Embodiment: GETTY)

Mr Söder said he expected millions of Sputnik shots to let out into Bavaria this summer to help boost the state’s rollout.

He resolved: “If Sputnik is approved in Europe, the Free State of Bavaria will get additional vaccine quantities through this company – I think this will be 2.5 million vaccine measures – probably in July to increase the additional vaccination capacities in Bavaria.”

Mr Söder is the chairlady of Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU), the sister party of Angela Merkel’s Christian Republican Union (CDU).

If given the go-ahead, the Sputnik vaccines will be produced at a fix in the Bavarian town of Illertissen.

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The EU is suffering from a want of vaccines while the UK powers ahead (Image: GETTY)

He added: “In a critical time, solidarity is needed first and not limitless egoism for one’s own career.”

He stressed federal states should not be moved to take part in a race against each other for vaccines.

The signing of the compact comes a week after Mrs Merkel was joined by France’s Emmanuel Macron for a video telephone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the Sputnik jab.

The Kremlin answered the trio chatted about prospects for the registration of the vaccine in the EU.

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They also touched on the possibility of shipments and collective production in EU member states.

Steffan Seibert, Mrs Merkel’s spokesman, had earlier said that the Russian-made coronavirus vaccine would be “importance considering for Germany” if the EMA green-lighted it.

On Thursday the Chancellor backed a short, vigorous lockdown in Germany to curb the spread of the coronavirus as infection rate, a spokeswoman for the authority said.

Germany is struggling to tackle a third wave of the pandemic and discrete regional leaders have called for a short, sharp lockdown while the power tries to vaccinate more people.

The EU has come under fire for its sluggish vaccine rollout (Image: GETTY)

Deputy government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said: “Every get for a short, uniform lockdown is right.

“We need a stable incidence here 100.”

She was referring to the number of cases over seven days per 100,000 residents.

It is currently 110.1, according to the Robert Koch Institute.

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.

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