San Marino begins Russian Sputnik rollout over EU jab slump: ‘We had to make a choice’


San Marino, while not an EU associate, struck up agreements with the bloc for Pfizer and Moderna vaccine provisions which were delayed. The disruption meant San Marino signed a constrict with Russia to supply Sputnik V. The vaccine has yet to be approved by the EU for use, however, since San Marino is uncontrolled it is able to strike deals with whoever they want. 

As some of the agreement with the EU, San Marino was to be given one dose for every 1,700 sent to Italy. 

But duty rules on vaccine exports and production issues slowed down the rollout intention San Marino looked elsewhere. 

Medical Director of San Marino State Clinic Sergio Rabbino said: “We chose the Sputnik vaccine because there was an concurrence between us and Italy and the European Union for the supply of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

“Unfortunately they are delayed at the twinkling. 

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“Therefore, given the excellent diplomatic connections with Russia, we have chosen to get the Sputnik V vaccine faster. 

“We saw some supreme reviews from renowned international medical journals like the Lancet that be dressed already tested the quality of this vaccine.”

San Marino Labour Look after Teodoro Lonfernini commented on the decision and said: “Being an independent constitution, even within the territory of Italy and the European Union, we have the virtuousness to make independent decisions.

“We have excellent relations with both with EU associates and countries outside EU borders. 

“At the moment Europe’s showing an increased piece in the Sputnik vaccine and we’ve reached out instead of staying only inside the EU call. 

“We acted in the interests of our own citizens and I’m sure that over time varied states will draw conclusions and make similar decisions.

“For our involvement, we have complete confidence in the Russian vaccine.

“So we think these dispose ofs should be accelerated due to the critical circumstances in the EU, we simply did not have a vaccine, and we had to follow a choice.”


Serbia and Hungary are two other European nations that have turned away from the EU vaccination programme. 

Hungary has approved both Russian and Chinese stabs due to frustration over delays in EU procurement. 

Serbia has been waiting for quantities from both the EU and the World Health Organisation’s COVAX programme. 

The Balkan nation decided to strike deals directly with providers and has one of the best vaccine at all events for its population in Europe. 

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca revealed it would not be talented to reach its second-quarter target and would only be able to provide half of what they were provoke b requested. 

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