OREANDA-NEWS. German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed that in a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, she expressed her readiness to cooperate on the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, but this requires registration with a European regulator.

As Merkel said at a press conference, “I actually spoke with the Russian President. It is known that Russia has the Sputnik V vaccine, and I said that if we want to cooperate - and I believe that with all the political differences, which we have now are serious - in a pandemic, you can cooperate in the humanitarian spheres."

According to her, the vaccine, so that it can be used in the EU and can be produced jointly, "must obtain permission from the European Medical Agency (EMA)."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she offered Russian President Vladimir Putin the support of the German regulator in the approval of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine at the European Medical Agency (EMA).

As the chancellor said, "Russia has now applied to the EMA. And I suggested that our Paul Ehrlich Institute, which is our institute, could support Russia in this procedure in the EMA." She added that it is, in particular, about support in the design of documentation.