“After excellent test results at the OMCL accredited laboratory in Hungary and after three months of blockage, Sputnik V vaccination is approaching in the coming days. We are looking forward to whom you want to look forward to,” Matovic said.
On March 1, 2021, Slovakia delivered 200,000 Sputnik V vaccines. Then Prime Minister Matovi and Health Minister Marek Karrajy welcomed the shipment at Kosice Airport. Sputnik’s imports were not consulted with coalition partners and the whole event caused a government crisis in Slovakia. Minister Karaji and finally Prime Minister Matovi gradually resigned. The ruling coalition remained in power and Edward Heger became Prime Minister.
Since then, the vaccines have been stored, and have not been used for immunization because the Slovak Medicines Authority had doubts about their composition. In addition, Slovakia was late in paying for the first delivery, and then the Russians returned the payment.
However, so far the vaccines delivered to Slovakia have been tested in the aforementioned accredited laboratory in Hungary. The Russians took 600 doses of the vaccine and tested them in their laboratories. Sputnik V is not an EU registered vaccine and only Hungary uses it in its member states.