German health minister open to the use of Russian, Chinese vaccines

German Health Minister Jens Spahn has said he is open to the use of coronavirus vaccines from Russia or China in Germany, as a debate over the availability of vaccines rages in Europe, dpa reported.

"If a vaccine is safe and effective, no matter in which country it was produced, then it can of course help in beating the pandemic," Spahn told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

Russia announced on Friday that it would be able to supply the EU with 100 million doses of the vaccine Sputnik V in the second quarter, enough for 50 million people. An application for approval of the vaccine had already been submitted to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

There had been widespread scepticism of the Russian vaccine when it was announced in mid-August, as it had not yet gone through a full set of clinical trials.

Germany reported an additional 11,192 daily infections on Sunday, just below the level of 12,257 a week ago.

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